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2010-11-19 09:54:15

The Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat erupted in 1995, and an international team of researchers has studied this volcano from land and sea since then to understand the workings of andesite volcanos more completely. "To the extent that the Soufriere Hills Volcano is typical of andesitic dome building volcanoes, results from this research can be expected to apply more generally," said Barry Voight, professor emeritus of geosciences, Penn State. Voight and R. S. J. Sparks, the Channing Wills...

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2010-05-05 12:15:00

A scientific team led by Dr Peter Talling of the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is currently aboard the Royal Research Ship James Cook to map extremely large landslide deposits offshore from an active volcano on Montserrat in the Lesser Antilles. The volcano has been erupting episodically since 1995, with the last major eruption and volcanic dome collapse occurring in February 2010. Previous eruptions on the island have included the largest volcanic dome collapses ever documented....

2010-02-15 06:58:00

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Patrick's Day has become a worldwide phenomenon with festivities that occur not only in the United States and Ireland, but also in the Caribbean, New Zealand and even Japan. In honor of everything Irish, HotelsCombined.com consulted with tourism bureaus and international travel resources to name the Top 10 Worldwide St. Patrick's Day Celebrations. Whether travelers seek iconic St. Patrick's Day festivities like raising a toast to the Emerald...

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2010-02-14 10:50:00

Many flights around the Caribbean remained cancelled Saturday due to clouds of ash spewed up into the skies on the island of Montserrat. The ash forced LIAT, the region's biggest airline, to temporarily suspend flights in and out of Antigua's V.C. Bird International airport. Montserrat's Soufriere Hills volcano erupted Thursday, sending a plume of ash 10 kilometers high into the sky, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory said. "The continued ash hanging in the atmosphere presents a risk to...

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2009-05-10 07:55:00

Scientists are rescuing dozens of one of the world's most rarest species of amphibians, the mountain chicken frog. The frogs are being airlifted to safety from Montserrat in a final attempt to save it from the deadly chytrid fungus, which is ravaging their shrinking habitat and threatening extinction worldwide. Montserrat is a tiny British Caribbean territory that is one of only two sites where the once-prevalent mountain chicken is found, but hundreds of the frogs have been killed in just...

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2009-03-18 07:55:00

The "mountain chicken frog" of the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat is the latest victim of a lethal fungal disease that is devastating amphibian populations throughout the world. British researchers say that just two small pockets of mountain chicken frogs (Leptodactylus fallax) are all that remain disease-free on the entire island.  Conservationists are working to take the surviving frogs, some of the world's largest, into captive breeding programs. Experts believe the chytrid...

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2009-01-22 09:06:30

When volcanoes erupt, pinpointing the regions at high risk for lethal hazards and deciding whether or not to evacuate a resistant population comprise the most difficult problems faced by hazards managers. Now a team of volcanologists has a program that maps potential problem areas quickly, taking much of the guesswork out of decision making and evacuations. "We wanted to be able to predict the areas affected by pyroclastic flows from volcanoes," said Christina Widiwijayanti, post-doctoral...

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2008-12-19 11:43:04

CAT scan reveals inner workings of volcano island On the ground and in the water, an international team of researchers has been collecting imaging data on the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat to understand the internal structure of the volcano and how and when it erupts. "Using land-based measurement, we can see that over the time periods when the magma is erupting, the ground surface deflates into a bowl of subsidence and when the magma is sealed underground, the ground surface inflates...

2008-09-09 12:00:24

Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation news agency website MONTSERRAT-TRAVEL-Government moves to fill void from Carib Aviation pullout BRADES, Montserrat, CMC - Montserrat Monday announced it was pursuing a number of options to ensure uninterrupted access to the island, following the announcement by Carib Aviation that it would no longer service the route from the end of this month. The Antigua-based airline said rising fuel costs and the loss of seven pilots at short notice had...


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2008-05-16 12:50:46

The Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis), is a species of bird in the Emberizidae family. It is found in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and heavily degraded former forest.

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'