What makes Mt. Merapi different from other volcanoes?

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5 Responses to “What makes Mt. Merapi different from other volcanoes?”

  1. gwailo_joe says:

    Woh. Wow. Such pictures. Reading a few lines in the paper does little justice to the human toll involved. . .these pictures bring it.

    Settle down old mountain. . .

  2. penguinchris says:

    Props for an informative, scientifically sound, and easy to understand description of these types of volcanoes (I am a geologist). Pretty rare in science journalism.

  3. zuludaddy says:

    May I propose an alternative etymology for the word “Pelean” ? Could it be more plausibly attributed to the traditional Hawai’ian goddess of volcanoes, called Pele?

  4. fnc says:

    A related and interesting article about the intersection of faith, politics, tradition and science around Merapi and other volcanoes in Indonesia:

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/01/volcano-culture/andrew-marshall-text

    See also this local article arguing in favor of more science and less woo-based volcano prediction and protection. A very interesting sliver of evidence of the progress of rationality:

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/11/03/a-lack-rationality-caused-deaths-says-sby.html

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