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Sirenia - Path to Decay

<3 this singer, and just the whole band in general :D

anonymous asked:

What if it was one of those really old stories you'd here with a moral behind it? Like old tales meant to warn future generations. "Fools would seek them out for a glimpse into the future they desire, what paths to take. For this the price of sight demanded, but it is not their destiny that those terrible eyes would see. A broken and decayed path lay before them of lies and ruin. None witness the end. None witness the future. They're blind the moment they walked the path they were told to see."

Sorry, I went way to into that. I love those stories though and when I read that post I got too excited to stop. Love your blog <3

anon holy shit

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New study documents aftermath of a supereruption, and expands size of Toba magma system

The rare but spectacular eruptions of supervolcanoes can cause massive destruction and affect climate patterns on a global scale for decades - and a new study has found that these sites also may experience ongoing, albeit smaller eruptions for tens of thousands of years after.

In fact, Oregon State University researchers were able to link recent eruptions at Mt. Sinabung in northern Sumatra to the last eruption on Earth of a supervolcano 74,000 years ago at the Toba Caldera some 25 miles away.

The findings are being reported this week in the journal Nature Communications.

“The recovery from a supervolcanic eruption is a long process, as the volcano and the magmatic system try to re-establish equilibrium - like a body of water that has been disrupted by a rock being dropped into it,” said Adonara Mucek, an Oregon State doctoral candidate and lead author on the study.

“At Toba, it appears that the eruptions continued for at least 15,000 to 20,000 years after the supereruption and the structural adjustment continued at least until a few centuries ago - and probably is continuing today. It is the magmatic equivalent to aftershocks following an earthquake.”

This is the first time that scientists have been able to pinpoint what happens following the eruption of a supervolcano. To qualify as a supervolcano, the eruption must reach at least magnitude 8 on the Volcano Explosivity Index, which means the measured deposits for that eruption are greater than 1,000 cubic kilometers, or 240 cubic miles.

When Toba erupted, it emitted a volume of magma 28,000 times greater than that of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. It was so massive, it is thought to have created a volcanic winter on Earth lasting years, and possibly triggering a bottleneck in human evolution.

Other well-known supervolcano sites include Yellowstone Park in the United States, Taupo Caldera in New Zealand, and Campi Flegrei in Italy.

“Supervolcanoes have lifetimes of millions of years during which there can be several supereruptions,” said Shanaka “Shan” de Silva, an Oregon State University volcanologist and co-author on the study.

“Between those eruptions, they don’t die. Scientists have long suspected that eruptions continue after the initial eruption, but this is
he first time we’ve been able to put accurate ages with those eruptions.”

Previous argon dating studies had provided rough ages of eruptions at Toba, but those eruption dates had too much range of error, the researchers say. In their study, the OSU researchers and their colleagues from Australia, Germany, the United States and Indonesia were able to decipher the most recent volcanic history of Toba by measuring the amount of helium remaining in zircon crystals in erupted pumice and lava.

The helium remaining in the crystals is a remnant of the decaying process of uranium, which has a well-understood radioactive decay path and half-life.

“Toba is at least 1.3 million years old, its supereruption took place about 74,000 years ago, and it had at least six definitive eruptions after that - and probably several more,” Mucek said. “The last eruption we have detected occurred about 56,000 years ago, but there are other eruptions that remain to be studied.”

The researchers also managed to estimate the history of structural adjustment at Toba using carbon-14 dating of lake sediment that has been uplifted up to 600 meters above the lake in which they formed. These data show that structural adjustment continued from at least 30,000 years ago until 2,000 years ago - and may be continuing today.

The study also found that the magma in Toba’s system has an identical chemical fingerprint and zircon crystallization history to Mt. Sinabung, which is currently erupting and is distinct from other volcanoes in Sumatra. This suggests that the Toba system may be larger and more widespread than previously thought, de Silva noted.

“Our data suggest that the recent and ongoing eruptions of Mt. Sinabung are part of the Toba system’s recovery process from the supereruption,” he said.

The discovery of the connection does not suggest that the Toba Caldera is in danger of erupting on a catastrophic scale any time soon, the researchers emphasized. “This is probably ‘business as usual’ for a recovering supervolcano,” de Silva said.

It does emphasize the importance of having more sophisticated and frequent monitoring of the site to measure the uplift of the ground and image the magma system, the researchers note.
“The hazards from a supervolcano don’t stop after the initial eruption,” de Silva said. “They change to more local and regional hazards from eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis that may continue regularly for several tens of thousands of years.

"Toba remains alive and active today.”

As large as the Toba eruption was, the reservoir of magma below the caldera is much, much greater, the researchers say. Studies at other calderas around Earth, such as Yellowstone, have estimated that there is between 10 and 50 times as much magma than is erupted during a supereruption.

Piece that inspired a fic I’m currently working on.
The angle almost killed me OTL

Extract:
The catcher’s eyes run critically over cracked walls and old tarmac, over ancient roofs with tufts of grass sticking out and stores so old the colourful signs have lost their vibrancy, faded under the unforgiving sun.

And it’s all a little familiar, even in its opposition to the modernity and newness of Tokyo, a newness that doesn’t spread everywhere; not to the rusty edges of fences around baseball fields, not to the barking of dogs in the poorer areas, not to old houses behind steel factories where men work until their bones shatter, until they are shells of humans who have forgotten how to love.

The old is familiar because it is everywhere, Kazuya thinks, looking down at the map his father had drawn for him, squiggly lines and fading pencil. Age is something that catches us all in the end. No matter how hard we run.

He almost walks past the ancient staircase he’s looking for. It stretches far up under the canopy of trees lining the street and Kazuya can’t see the top at all.
He passes under the torii, eyes noting the scratches in the wood and missing red paint, and begins the long trek up the stairs, suitcase in hand and stone lanterns marking his way.

Wind and weather has caused the path to decay and the edges of the stone steps have rounded out. Weeds are sticking out from the cracks and Kazuya has to step to either left or right more than once to avoid a missing part of a step.

Sunlight falls through the gap between the leaves playing in a lazy wind along the branches above him, casting green and golden hues on everything, making the old and torn seem strangely beautiful.

Peace enters Kazuya’s mind in that moment and as light falls ahead of him he looks up, expecting the end of the staircase.

Strips of sunlight dance in the air ahead of him and Kazuya pauses, blinking in mild bewilderment, as it solidifies and takes form into a single golden being, sitting on one of the stairs near the top.

A boy?

No, Kazuya thinks as his eyes get used to the light and colours start to manifest in hues of brown and gold, faded blue jeans and a white t-shirt. A teenager perhaps.

But when the person in front of him speaks it is in a man’s voice. “Who are you?”

“Miyuki Kazuya,” he replies. It’s strange that the news of his coming have not spread more rapidly, given the reputation of small towns. “My family owns the temple behind you.”

Youth

A/N: We need a nice, long Sam series. And song fics to go with it. Right? 

Youth // Sam x Reader

Words: 3493

Warnings: None!

First part to the Sam series that’s been building in my head all week (requests will be sprinkled in)!

Listen to Youth here!

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birthday

“Grunkle Bill?" 

Bill Cipher, the dream demon, the prince of nightmares, the being of pure energy and malice, and currently a relatively chubby human in a Mystery Shack t-shirt, looked up from the stuffed robin he was gluing toothpicks on and peered down at the beaming face of his pseudo-niece. Mabel was holding one of her scrapbooks in a purposeful manner, which usually indicated either trouble or endless entertainment for Bill. She was also wearing a sweater with an exclamation mark on it. This was a bad sign.

"Shooting Star,” Bill drawled, sticking one glue-sticky toothpick in his hair. 

“What is it? Do you want more photographs of Stanley? I’ll have them, for a price!" 

"No, no, I already finished the bathing suit section,” Mabel waved him off. “Actually, I was wondering - when’s your birthday, Grunkle Bill? I mean, even if it’s not in summer, Dipper and I can still send you a card! I want to put you on my list, see -” and she slid a piece of paper from between her scrapbook pages, presenting Bill with a colourful chart, with the doodled faces of her social circle and a complex system of smiley stickers that Bill assumed rated flesh tenderness. 

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On another note. I don’t like those posts going around saying that Lexa’s turned on by Clarke’s anger in the most recent episode.

Like the look on her face when Clarke mentions wanting to kill the spotter isn’t arousal, she looks genuinely concerned.

Clarke’s motivated by revenge, and such is blatantly obvious. Lexa’s commander, and she’s lost enough to understand that thirst for revenge.

But revenge has VERY little place in that kind of situation. It’s distracting, it’s all consuming, it’s not useful. People who thirst for revenge become like Finn. People who thirst for revenge lose sight of their goals and who they are.

Personally, I think Lexa RESPECTS Clarke’s heart. I think she thinks it could get Clarke killed, but I think she respects its ability to remain and survive through all of the trials that Clarke has been through.

Hell, Lexa owes her LIFE to Clarke’s heart and inability/unwillingness to leave her behind.

Clarke is on a dangerous path toward decaying that and putting herself in unnecessary danger. And it’s her thirst for revenge that drives it.

Lexa understands and sees the path Clarke’s heading down, she KNOWS. But it’s not her place to full on prevent it, because she believes that recovering and surviving from her OWN rampage of revenge made her stronger.

So who is she to stand in the way?