Geotraveller 09 – Italian island volcanoes

Active volcanoes and tectonism, an ancient world mythology. The Quaternary volcanoes of Italy are among the most widely studied phenomena on the planet. Of the styles of eruption generally recognized by volcanologists, three are named from this area: strombolian, vulcanian, and Plinian (latter after the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius: Geotraveller …

Geotraveller 08 – The Skaergaard Intrusion, Greenland

Skaergaard – one of the world’s most famous geological locations. Despite its location north of the Arctic Circle, the Skaergaard intrusion is one of the most widely studied geological sites on Earth. The 1939 publication by Wager and Deer presented field and geochemical evidence in support of an important principal …

Geotraveller 07 – Yellowstone National Park, USA

World-famous volcanic and geothermal geology. The greatest density of volcanic thermal features on Earth occurs in Yellowstone National Park (NP), mostly located in the state of Wyoming, USA. Most of the geological features in this, the oldest of the world’s national parks, are ascribed to potentially one of the most …

Geotraveller 06 – Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Kruger National Park, a geological overview and it’s relationship to topography, soils and eco-zones. Kruger is one of the oldest and most well known national parks in the world. The geological setting of the greater Lowveld area in relation to the major formations of South Africa has been established …

Geotraveller 05 – Vesuvius, Italy

The 79 ad eruption of Vesuvius, Italy: Volcanism and Archeology. The active volcano of Vesuvius is located proximal to the mega-city of Naples in southern Italy. The impact of a Plinian-style eruption on the surrounding areas could be catastrophic. Geological and archeological evidence from Roman-age cities and villas partially destroyed …

Geotraveller 04 – Naples, Italy

The Gulf of Naples, Italy volcanic hazards and a tectonically active landscape. The three active Neapolitan volcanic complexes have impacted greatly on the historical development of European civilizations, and pose one of the greatest modern threats to a developed urban area. This includes, but is not restricted to, the active …

Geotraveller 03 – Arches, USA

Arches National Park: Spectacular sandstone scenery. The greatest density of natural arches in the world occurs in the area around Moab, Utah, in the western USA. The most spectacular of the arches are known by individual names and have been widely photographed. Some 700 arches occur in the NP. Canyons, …

Geotraveller 02 – Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania

Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania: Earth’s Only Active Carbonatite Volcano. The cylindrical cone of Oldoinyo Lengai (2,880 m) rises spectacularly above the Gregory Rift Valley, northern Tanzania. Lengai is Earth’s only known active carbonatite volcano and has been widely studied as it includes chemically unique lava flows (Dawson et al., 1990). The …

Geotraveller 01 – Meru, Tanzania

Mount Meru, Tanzania: a rift-valley stratovolcano. Meru (4565 m) is one of the classic free-standing stratovolcanoes of East Africa, and includes a main cone that rises spectacularly from the plains to the north of Arusha, the largest city in northern Tanzania. Meru reports some minor activity despite generally being considered …