What’s all that ash? A Leicester expert’s view

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 16, 2010 03:18 PM |
The University of Leicester’s top volcanologist explains the science behind the headlines.
What’s all that ash? A Leicester expert’s view

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It’s not often than our Senior Lecturer in Volcanology gets to apply his knowledge to local matters, on account of the shortage of active volcanoes in Leicestershire. But, like the rest of the UK, Leicester is currently coping with the knock-on effect of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland.

Dr Mike Branney from our Department of Geology knows about volcanoes and has provided a clear explanation of what’s going on and why (and how long it might last). Mike, whose research interests include ‘large explosive volcanic eruptions’, assures us that the Icelandic affair is “not a particularly large or unusual eruption”, although that’s scant comfort for anyone stuck at Malaga Airport of course. If you would like to know more about the current situation and the science behind it, he’s available for interviews.

Please also bear in mind that the nationwide grounding of aircraft is causing a massive backlog in the courier and postal services. So if you have sent anything to the University of Leicester recently – or if you’re waiting for something we’ve sent you – please factor in a few more days for whatever it is to reach wherever it’s going.