It's no Eyjafjallajokull (neither when measured by impact of eruption, nor in difficulty of pronunciation), but Iceland's Grimsvötn volcano is still establishing a visual presence over the North Atlantic. You can even see it from space. The animation below shows Grimsvötn's plume piercing the cloud layer above Iceland and spreading its ash plume in the atmosphere above it.
The animation below is stitched together from images captured by the US GOES 13 satellite, which is on an orbital path somewhat to the west of Iceland. For the purposes of snapping images of a massive ash plume blasting through the cloud layer, that positioning might be ideal, as with the horizon in sight you can get a better feel for just how high this plume is rocketing (it's 7 miles up right now).
Still not feeling the magnitude? That blue line that appears in the final frame shows the outline of Iceland. Yeah, it's a big plume.
If only we could bag and harness all that energy!
Ah the beauty and grace that is our planet, as massive and impressive as this is by earth standards, it's extremely tame compared to the rest of our own solar system has to deal with. It is quite beautiful in it's own respect.
Playing Devil's Advocate since 1978
"The only constant in the universe is change"
-Heraclitus of Ephesus 535 BC - 475 BC
If one were depend upon chaos... that would then be a constant, yes,no?
How many years worth of coal power plant electricity production and gasoline consumption is this equal to?
about a month world wide, is my best guess, but that's nothing, the amount of energy hitting the earth from the sun in a single day is more than enough to power the earth and our nations for an entire year.
impressive but imagine the super volcano in Yellow Stone erupting. it would be 100x this.