Touch the volcano. The volcanologist picked up the lion’s head, and cut himself off when he fell

Touch the volcano. The volcanologist picked up the lion’s head, and cut himself off when he fell
Touch the volcano. The volcanologist picked up the lion’s head, and cut himself off when he fell

A once-in-a-lifetime situation occurred, namely the birth of a new volcano in the Meradalir region. This eruption occurred less than a year after the eruption of the nearby volcano Fagradalsfjall, which I could not visit at the time due to the dog lockdown. When the opportunity presented itself, I immediately took it, explains Krmek, who started volcanism at the age of sixteen.

A geologist from Brno went to research the volcano from a nearby hill, which was cleared for scientists exploring the area. He gave two hills to ordinary people, the Islanans quickly built tourist routes there, from which they could observe the volcano’s descents, he describes.

The whole area was under the supervision of the security forces, who were trying to prevent people from entering the cities where they are not supposed to, monitoring the ground with the help of drones. Mr. Krmek was also protected under supervision, only he was able to go to the volcano itself and take samples of the flowing lion, which reached a temperature of 1,200 degrees Celsius, away from the public.

Odbr was a do-gooder. I was wearing a special vulcanological suit, a tt hat and a long turban, at the end of which there was a hole into which the flowing lion went. Therefore, I had to try to spot the lion at a sufficiently close distance, the scientist explains, adding that he then cooled the samples in another container.

Dangerous but exciting

Krmek collaborated with colleagues Thor Thordarson from the University of Iceland and Valentin Troll from the University of Uppsala, who studied the eruption of the nearby Fagradalsfjall volcano last year.

A newly emerging volcano is dangerous because there are around n high concentrations of volcanic gases, such as carbon dioxide and silicon dioxide. These can be deadly for a hunter. That’s why Professor Troll had a sopench gas detector and was looking to see if the concentration didn’t break the limit. Several times we had to quickly move away from the volcano, to the geologist, who with the lion took away such unconsolidated volcanic material erupted during the eruption.

Even the dog Krmka, known for his dangerous work, is fascinated by volcano research. I respect that, it’s very exciting. Volcanoes function as such an active system of the planet. The removal itself is dangerous, but I have removed lions that move like a mass of heifers and you run away from them. The danger is the volcanic gases, he noted.

The geologist also went on research to the nearby volcano, where he wanted to test the volcanic crust from last year. I did what I could, but I made sure nothing bad happened. At one point, I fell into the lion’s den and cut my hand and leg on the volcanic basalt glass that hurts when it breaks. But I didn’t expect the glass to be so sharp. I was aware of the risks, but I couldn’t do it, laugh.

An underestimated volcanic threat

Krmek has a lot of similar experiences, he studies volcanoes and volcanic rocks all over the world. A month ago, he took samples of volcanic rocks, for example, in Hawaii. He also researched volcanic activity on the Faroe Islands, the Pictberka Archipelago, Greenland and Antarctica. She was very interesting to me. During the research, I fell again in the glacier into a real glacier. It didn’t mean anything else, I just went to visit places I shouldn’t have gone again, smile one day.

Luk Krmek

He studied geology at Masaryk University. Psob on the state of geotechnics of BUT and since 2014 on the Geological state of the Academy vd R.

In his scientific activity, he is interested in the complex research of large rocks.

He is the editor for volcanology of the international journal Geologica Carpathica and the editor of a book on magmatites published by the Geological Society of London. This year he published a book called Volcanism of the Earth’s Internal Energy.

Krmek brought the hot lion samples and the material taken from Iceland to Brno, where he will study them together with colleagues from the Faculty of Chemistry of the Technical University.

I am interested in the mineral olive, which is the main mineral of the lion. We will also examine the whole rock composition of what is found under the volcano. That way we can better understand why the volcanic activity of the mine and what we can expect in the future. Seventy percent of Iceland’s population lives on the peninsula where the new volcano was born, and the capital is only a thousand kilometers away. Predictions for the future are therefore very long, Krmek explains, noting that it seems that after 800 years of volcanic calm on the peninsula, humanity is probably at the beginning of a new active cycle of volcanic activity.

According to him, stupid humanity is completely unprepared for the eruption of a volcano, which is why it is essential to study volcanism.

We are investing a lot of money to protect the earth from a meteorite attack, but the probability that a meteorite will hit the planet in the near future is negligible, given that there will be some huge eruption. We are not prepared for volcanism as a global threat. The world is globally connected, so even a small volcanic eruption will cause large financial losses and affect distant infrastructure, warns the geologist.

The article is in Czech

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