Wow, things are busy busy! This is what I get for deciding to take both Chem I and Calculus I in the summer. Oh well, if I manage to survive the next two months, I'll be in good shape. I wanted to share this, though, because the picture is just so cool!
Ash Plume from Cleveland Volcano
Nope, not Cleveland Ohio. Cleveland volcano sits on the western half of Chuginadak Island in the Aleutian Islands. The picture was taken from the International Space Station, and it is amazing.
Make no mistake, this ash plume is really very minor in the grand scale of these volcanoes. The Aleutian Islands are very volcanically active, as they sit on the rim of the Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire is the border of the Pacific oceanic tectonic plate, where it's being ground under the surrounding continental plates. I'll explain how and why this works later, when I have more time.
Anyway, the view from the top here is just amazing, so take a look! And thank you, NASA, for making pictures like this available!