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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: Effects of the volcanic eruption on garden crops. Reply with quote

I came across this while trying to find out the possible implications of the recent Icelandic eruptions on our crops should the ash cloud begin to fall on Ireland. It's an interesting and informative read.
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/ash/agric/index.html

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://htxt.it/PKPm

....and then look at some of these phenomenal photos..........
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:08 am    Post subject: air was fresh from no planes in air Reply with quote

Amazing photos Sive. We've been seeing the disadvantages of the volcano to all the stranded passengers as the way the media chooses to cover the story. Your link to photos is the real story and how the tragedy affects the locals. I'm sure people near airports will notice the air smells so much fresher w/o all the planes in the air as they do most of the pollution in the skies.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i suspect that air pollution caused by planes near airports isn't that significant a fraction of air pollution; airports are usually sited in or near built up areas, so you'd have plenty of industrial, domestic and traffic pollution anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:27 pm    Post subject: plane fuel Reply with quote

I do believe the type of fuel is what is important. Cars burn cleaner. Planes use something else. http://www.brighthub.com/environment/science-environmental/articles/24619.aspx
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The aviation sector is easy to blame for pollution, but in the grander scheme of things dont contribute as much as people would think ! Cars are much worse!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you're talking about CO2 emissions, the amount of CO2 generated by aviation fuel is virtually identical to the amount released by petrol (on a pound per pound of fuel burned basis)
plus:
"Aviation is responsible for about 12 percent of CO2 emissions from all transport sources. "
http://knowledge.allianz.com/en/globalissues/energy_co2/transportation/transportation_climate_cars_ships_aviation_rail.html

which works out at about 1.5% of global CO2 emissions. even cars get a bad rap; the most polluting thing the average punter does is turn on the central heating, afaik.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking for a natural way to beef up the mineral content of my soil without 'synthetic' chemicals and was delighted when I found the perfect product in a garden centre in France. I brought home a box to Ireland the week after easter.
guess what it was?
Granular volcanic rock!!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:47 pm    Post subject: nutrient value of spreading volcanic dust on the garden Reply with quote

My garden got a fine coating of volcanic dust over the past week. Yes! It came from Eyjafjallajokkil. I think the nutrient value was nil, but I had to spray down my rhubarb leaves and it cost a tenner to get the car washed.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is Sulphur in the volcanic ash which is very good for soils and helps to make soils acidic.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure I read somewhere that the most fertile soil is around volcanoes which is why people usually farm near them.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:43 pm    Post subject: volcano eyjafyallajokull Reply with quote

I should be able to tell you next week. I'm going for a look Friday. Anyway want a sack of ash brung back?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was there a few years ago, you must take a trip to the Gulfoss waterfall, breathtaking.
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