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Kurile Islands, July 2019: impressions

Miscellaneous impressions from our pilot tour to the northern Kurile Islands in July 2019: views from the NW shore of Paramushir towards Alaid, Kuntomintar volcano on Shiashkotan and very clear sunset views from the Okhotsk Sea towards Chikurachiki, Fuss and Alaid volcanoes.
Landing on the NW shore of Paramushir Island, Alaid volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Landing on the NW shore of Paramushir Island, Alaid volcano in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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River bed draining from Ebeko volcano's complex towards the beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
River bed draining from Ebeko volcano's complex towards the beach (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ash plume from an eruption of Ebeko volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash plume from an eruption of Ebeko volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The mouth of the creek forms a vast pebble beach. The ash plume from the eruption in the previous picture is seen drifting NW towards Alaid. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The mouth of the creek forms a vast pebble beach. The ash plume from the eruption in the previous pi... [info]
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The small river carries lots of volcanic gas in solution and particles, giving the sea color a green tint. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The small river carries lots of volcanic gas in solution and particles, giving the sea color a green... [info]
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Breaking waves, Alaid and our yacht in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Breaking waves, Alaid and our yacht in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Receding wave (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Receding wave (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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If it wasn't in the Kuril Islands, one could think it's a tropical beach on a sunny day. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
If it wasn't in the Kuril Islands, one could think it's a tropical beach on a sunny day. (Photo: Tom... [info]
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View towards the southern tip of Kamchatka in the distance (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards the southern tip of Kamchatka in the distance (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Platy lavas are exposed at the beach. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Platy lavas are exposed at the beach. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Abstract patterns almost as if the rocks were shists (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Abstract patterns almost as if the rocks were shists (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small coves in between the platy lavas (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small coves in between the platy lavas (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Shiashkotan Island with the caldera of Kuntomintar volcano; fumaroles are visible inside the collapse scar. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Shiashkotan Island with the caldera of Kuntomintar volcano; fumaroles are visible inside the collaps... [info]
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Zoom onto the fumaroles inside Kuntomintar's collapse crater (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Zoom onto the fumaroles inside Kuntomintar's collapse crater (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Part of the caldera wall (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Part of the caldera wall (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Colorful hydrothermally altered rocks (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Colorful hydrothermally altered rocks (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Massive horizontal ignimbrite (ash-flow) deposits form much of the SW part of Shiashkotan Island. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Massive horizontal ignimbrite (ash-flow) deposits form much of the SW part of Shiashkotan Island. (P... [info]
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Such ignimbrite layers often look similar to lava flows from a distance, but when visiting the coast, it is clear that these are welded pyroclastic deposits made of pumice, ash and blocks - result of massive explosive eruptions in the past of Kuntomintar volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Such ignimbrite layers often look similar to lava flows from a distance, but when visiting the coast... [info]
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Erosion gullies cut through the ignimbrite deposit at the coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Erosion gullies cut through the ignimbrite deposit at the coast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The SW coast of Shiashkotan; on the plateau, remnants of a Japanese military base can be found. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The SW coast of Shiashkotan; on the plateau, remnants of a Japanese military base can be found. (Pho... [info]
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In summer 2019, lots of laminaria (brown sea algae) were encountered in the shallow bays of many islands, preventing further approach; individual plants were thick as a human arm and up to 20-30 meters long. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
In summer 2019, lots of laminaria (brown sea algae) were encountered in the shallow bays of many isl... [info]
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Floating laminaria. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Floating laminaria. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Chikurachki volcano in the evening (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Chikurachki volcano in the evening (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Bright sunset over the Okhotsk Sea (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bright sunset over the Okhotsk Sea (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Chikurachki and Fuss volcanoes after sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Chikurachki and Fuss volcanoes after sunset (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Alaid volcano's majestic silhouette (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Alaid volcano's majestic silhouette (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The characteristic purple haze often seen during the onset of the blue hour in the upper western sky during the summer of 2019 was likely caused by aerosols from the June Raikoke eruption. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The characteristic purple haze often seen during the onset of the blue hour in the upper western sky... [info]
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Chikurachki and Fuss volcanoes in the blue hour (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Chikurachki and Fuss volcanoes in the blue hour (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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