Friday, April 23, 2010

DUSTING OFF

While most of the UK appears to be 'sizzling' in a balmy 22C we are having heavy rainfalls, due to turn icy again over the weekend. The silver lining is that the horrid abrasive dust from 'unpronounceable name' Volcano in Iceland, is being washed away from surfaces. Where to, is anyone's guess. Meantime, the Icelanders have had to close their airport at Reykjavik because the wind has turned in their direction and the dust is blowing over them.

It suggests to me that there is every possibility that when the wind moves, and when the Volcano gets busy again, we could be in for more deposits of volcanic dust. Who says the dust is only in the upper atmosphere. In case it has been conveniently forgotten, what goes up, must come down.

10 comments:

Vincent said...

Having (against my own predictions) arrived back in England on the originally-booked flight (I'm currently composing a narrative of that journey), I find a layer of what looks like volcanic dust on the sideboard. I wish I had a microscope to analyse its constituents.

One effect of the volcano is perhaps to help us not take things for granted. I give thanks to any God who may be hanging around, immanently or transcendently, for my safe deliverance and return back home.

ZACL said...

Vincent, Hi,

Like you I also give thanks for the safe deliverance of you and thousands of others who have managed the return to whichever country from which they emanate. It has been a salutary experience. I wonder how long it will be remembered.

Welcome home!

flightplot said...

The cars here were certainly covered with a film of dust! Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hi Mr F,

One newspaper gave directions, rather like a recipe, for washing cars in such a manner as to avoid abrading the paintwork in the process of washing off the dust. It is deceptively abrasive. It feels very gritty. It behoves us all to carefully remove any film of dust in our domestic circumstances with the same care. Furniture, wooden floors, nick-knacks, can all be harmed by it.

Then there's ourselves. If there are health problems, extra care must be taken.

XX

MKL said...

Before I went to Taiwan, I had to schedule my flight back and my date back was April 14th. Boy am I happy that fate has allowed me to stay here 1 month longer and go to Seoul in that time. What I saw on CNN every day was just amazing. Seems like we worry about nuclear wars and what not, but then a small volcano on a small island up north stalls the air traffic of a whole continent and we can't do anything but wait. Gloomy times ahead, I would say.

ZACL said...

It certainly rattled the airlines, affected commercial freight, postal services and other small commercial lifelines for fragile economies. Gloomy...perhaps but it could also be an opportunity to find out whether man/woman has the ability, the material science knowledge, to engineer material materials that can withstand the problems caused by abrasive dust, desert sands and Mt St Helen's eruptions.

I hear that when Vesuvius objects in Italy, airlines come to a halt. Risks are not taken with nature's beasts.

You have been very fortunate with your journey arrangements MKL.

adamantixx said...

i hear that the offending volcano is a comparitive baby compared to another in Iceland, one which historically erupts quite soon after the smaller one.

i suppose 'quite soon' in geological terms could be anywhere within the next few years.

ZACL said...

The big one, if we are talking same volcano, has a crater 8 miles wide. There's food for thought.

As for time spans, I suppose we sit back to wait and see.

adamantixx said...

yes, that sounds like the same one, it would be magnificent to witness its awaited eruption...from a safe distance, of course!

ZACL said...

It sounds liker re-creating Guy Fawkes' night with a different pyre.