This volcano just erupted unexpectedly and explosively just near the GEM plots in Chile (in the Andes and the Central Depression) - sites of continuous monitoring by Antonio Lara and Rocio Urrutia and their team. The volcano is just about 20 km due north of our Andes plots, and about 30 km east of the Central Valley plot. It will be interesting to see how the ash deposition (if it happens, but it seems the nearby city of Puerto Montt has ash fall so the GEM plots probably have too) affects forest and soil functioning and growth rates in the short and long term.
Am amazing demonstration of the tectonic power of Earth, and an chance to explore its impacts on ecological processes.
Here are some photos I took of this volcano just last November. All seemed so calm and quiet. In the lake picture, Calbuco is on the right. Lovely, perfect Volcano Osorno is on the left...
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University