#NASA ponders sending #spaceship to icy moons: Enceladus – What Tell Ya Us? #poetry #science #poem

Enceladus orbits i Saturn's E Ring - it's water geysers may have created the ring. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute PIA08321

Enceladus orbits in Saturn’s E Ring – it’s water geysers may have created the ring. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute PIA08321

Wrenched by Saturn’s gravity,
By tides within its core,
Or radioactive isotopes
Releasing heat galore.

A water ocean circulates
Beneath an icy shell
That blocks the solar photons.
Here living things could dwell.

Consider near-bacteria,
Imagine pseudo-fish.
Chemosynthesis
Supporting life like this.

Oceans are revealed, by geysers
Blasting through the cold.
Cryovolcanism,
Jets from the southern pole.

Mostly water vapor,
Some nitrogen, organics.
A sample thrown into the sky
If we can just collect it.

What may have surfed its boiling plumes?
What from the depths might rise?
A pseudo-fish’s brethren
On Saturn’s rings may ride.

By Kate Rauner

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Ice From Fire #poem #poetry #volcano #travel

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1980 eruption of Mt St Helens, Washington State, USA. Hard to believe a glacier grows in the crater today.

Where pyroclastic flows once blew
And plumes of ash spewed forth,
Crater Glacier’s growing –
While others die, a birth.

Eruptions that have scoured the earth
With slides unprecedented,
Have built a perfect nest for
Glaciers unintended.

Snow fields grew
Til things got weird,
And oozing magma forced a move
Down the slopes it cleared.

Pumice fields are covered now
By willow thickets and scarlet blooms.
A steaming crater is the source
Of flowers on a tomb.

While above, Godzilla’s Hole
Is mapped by cavers brave.
And scientists delight at this –
From death sprouts nature’s nave.

I’ve written quite a few poems about volcanoes. I just published my second volume of poems – Rhyme and Reason Two and discovered that, in 2014, I wrote three poems inspired by volcanoes and volcanoes are mentioned in another. (I don’t plan my poetry, so the muse always surprises me.)

The collection includes one of my most popular poems, Because They’re Big, about modeling super volcanoes. It’s available now on Kindle for 99¢ and should be in most other major on-line retailers in a couple weeks.

I’m working on a paperback edition too, which will include a bonus haiku. Formatting the cover is a pain! But… soon.

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Thanks to seattletimes.com for keeping an eye on the mountain.

“On May 18, 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption… was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain’s north slope. An earthquake at 8:32:17 a.m… on Sunday, May 18, 1980 caused the entire weakened north face to slide away, creating the largest landslide ever recorded. This suddenly exposed the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding a hot mix of lava and pulverized older rock toward Spirit Lake so fast that it overtook the avalanching north face.” wikipedia.org

Dance of Fire and Ice #poem #poetry #galaxy #space

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Each variable is a dancer – that would weave a complicated Maypole

Time is an arrow that I ride upon,
Each instant unique in my eyes.
I don’t see the patterns of planets and stars,
The cycles stretched galaxy-wide.

No more than a fly in its three-day life
Can see summer wither to fall,
Can I see the universe unfold
Or the physics of natural law.

The Earth has vast seasons
That spiral through space.
As she tilts on her axis
Her path oscillates.

A hundred thousand years for one dance,
Two hundred hundred another,
Twelve thousand years seems but a short spin
For gravity to govern.

Glaciers extend and sea levels fall,
Ice ages retreat, and they rise,
While deep in the oceans in darkness and cold
Unquenchable fires reside.

The weight of the water,
The push of the rock,
Stasis unbalances,
Magma unlocks.

Gases release
To Earth’s atmosphere,
Retain the Sun’s heat
Till the ice disappears.

Volcanoes waltz in tune with the ice,
Choreographed by the skies.
A pattern deduced by human minds
That I can’t see with my eyes.

by Kate Rauner

Two studies, one in the journal Science and the other in Geophysical Research Letters, link underwater volcanic eruptions to Earth’s Ice Ages. “Surprisingly, the deep seafloor matters in the long-term climate cycle.”
Eons-long variations in Earth’s orbit and tilt trigger Ice Ages which lock ocean water into ice on land, reducing the oceans’ weight until seafloor volcanoes erupt along tectonic spreading ridges. Volcanic gases impact the Earth’s greenhouse heating, which melts ice, adding water to the oceans until their weight suppresses the volcanoes.maypole

‘Both of these data sets have found a signal which is consistent with climate forcing of variations at midocean ridges,’ said Paul Asimow, a geology professor at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena who was not involved in either study. ‘Now, apart from showing the effect is there, the other part that needs to be teased out is its consequences.’” news.discovery.com
Wow – I’m a flea riding an elephant.

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Volcano in Slow Motion #poetry #volcanos #Hawaii #poem

The Goddess Pele by Arthur Johnsen for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

The Goddess Pele by Arthur Johnsen for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Evacuate! Emergency!
But there’s no rush for those who flee
This lava flowing to the sea
Since nineteen hundred eighty three,
Its edge is marked by burning trees.
No one will die, thankfully.
Walk away from this calamity.
The Goddess Pele built Hawaii
For herself, not you or me.

By Kate Rauner

There were a lot of volcano stories the year I posted this poem, including Kilauea’s Pu’O O’O crater venting lava towards homes – for example: LiveScience.com

Update Oct 4: There’s a great video of the volcano’s eruption here.

Update 2018: Pele, the Hawaiian volcano, has gotten more dangerous this year. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and over a mile of new land created. A search will show you lots of videos, and here are a few.

 

 

Fire and Ice as a Massive Volcano Stirs #poetry #volcano #Iceland #poem

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Iceland earthquakes on August 20, 2014

Fire and ice,
Water and ash,
Volcanoes’ heat
Is tapped at last.
Until the earth,
Twitching hourly,
Offers a class
In volcanology.
Ash to bring
The airplanes down,
Lava threatens
Roads and towns.
Melting glaciers
Flood the sea
And flood the homes
And shops and streets.
The Hidden Folk
Are Iceland hearty.
When elves dance
It’s a wild party.

By Kater Rauner
As I wrote this, the Baroarbunga volcano was not in a full eruption, so no floods and lava flows yet. Iceland’s thirty active volcanoes provide geothermal electricity, heat, and hot water as well as potential destruction. Wikipedia doesn’t mention if Iceland’s Huldufolk cause earthquakes or eruptions, but I could imagine such Good People from folklore have a hand in the volcanoes.
Update Oct 4: There’s a great video of the volcano’s eruption here.

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Technology Proves Massive Vocanoes Erupt Because They’re Big #poetry #volcanoes #Yellowstone #poem #travel #findyourpark

This is a supervolcano - resting

Where river Drac joins the Isère,
A synchrotron ring is there,
A stadium-sized machine
That generates an x-ray beam.

Beams fly off to tests beginning,
Like water flung from wheels spinning.
Hellish pressure and furnace heat
Collide into a palm-sized feat.

Knowledge that we now acquire
Of volcanic threats most dire.
Super-volcanoes will erupt
As soon as they grow big enough.

Sheer volume of their liquid magma
For eruptions yielding global drama.
Once every hundred thousand years
Mankind must face colossal fears.

The clock is ticking, that we know,
Half-way till Yellowstone will blow.
Can North America calmly bide
When there are twenty more worldwide?

by Kate Rauner

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All my books, including collections of my science-inspired poetry, are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other major online retailers. You’ll also find paperbacks at Create Space and all major digital formats at Smashwords. Read one today.

Thanks to Wim Malfait et al and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France for inspiring the supervolcano poem with these results: http://bbc.in/Ks5Q9H

Yellowstone's supervolcano