Two Volcanoes, One Summer (part 2)

TAAL VOLCANO

Taal Volcano’s crater lake

No one ever refers to Taal Volcano as Mt. Taal, possibly because it’s low elevation does not qualify for the “Mt.” appellation. Despite being considered the “smallest” volcano (and even this description is disputed by geologists) it is one of the country’s most active. It last erupted in 1977, and has erupted some 34-odd times since first being recorded in 1572. Continue reading

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Two Volcanoes, One Summer (part1)

LAST summer, I had the opportunity to hike, trek and “conquer” two of the most popular volcanoes in the Philippines – Mt. Pinatubo and Taal Volcano.  I originally intended to create a separate blog entry for each, but since I have a blogging backlog, I figured I’d just consolidate these two adventures of mine to compare and contrast.  (10/20/11 update:  I split them into 2 separate posts anyway.)

MT. PINATUBO
Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake

Many people who are alive now probably have personal recollections of the destruction and overall environmental disruption caused by Mt. Pinatubo, way back in 1991.  Continue reading