Iceland’s Jet Engine Stopping Volcanic Ash

Written by on May 26, 2011 in Microscopy - 2 Comments
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As a slight aside to our usual news, here is an image that will interest Materials Scientists and Engineers. The image shows volcanic glass particles fallen in Aberdeen on 24 May 2011 following the eruption of the Icelandic Grimsvotn volcano. The particles were observed using a Scanning Electron Microscope. They range in size from 2 to 3 micrometres to approximately 30 micrometres (1 micrometre = 1/1000th millimetre).

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2 Comments on "Iceland’s Jet Engine Stopping Volcanic Ash"

  1. Graham Cliff August 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm · Reply

    Just as well that we do not breath these respirable particles 24/ 7 like we breath particulates from traffic infrastructure and electricity generation, especially modern biomass incineration?

  2. Dave August 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm · Reply

    Yes – those particles do not like they are going to go anywhere once they are in your lungs. I’m glad I don’t live in iceland!

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