Monday, February 28, 2011

Re: [Geology2] A geologist’s view of the Hingol Island

I believe you're writing about the Frink mudpots... at least, that's the nearest village, and yes, some signs are still present regarding that resort.


On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM, Diorite Gabbro <> wrote:

--- On Sun, 2/27/11, Lin Kerns <> wrote:

close view of newly appeared mud volcano near Hingol shows oozing of
Methane gas. – Photo courtesy by Geological Survey of Pakistan. Hingol,
Balochistan: A soft muddy island appeared a few kilometers offshore in
Hingol on the Makran coast, Balochistan on November 16, 2010. The
Director General, Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) dispatched a team
of earth scientists to investigate the sudden appearance of this white
mud dome, about three kilometres offshore near the Kund Malir beach.The island is 90 metres high with a span of approximately three kilometers.Before
the upsurge of sludge, local fishermen reported high tides near the
coast and several boats were trapped due to the emergence of this mud
volcano from nowhere.  Another island of similar nature was also
reported to have appeared 12 years ago. That island disappeared into the
sea after four months. It is inferred that this mud dome which is given
the name of Khizr, will also disappear with passage of time when
methane and other gases are released from this structure.

>Methane gas emitted out from the vent-2 is highly
flammable while vent-3 mostly reacts after four minutes with sound and
pressure and mud is flown in the air up-to 15 meters.Azerbaiijan
and its Caspian coastline are home to nearly 400 mud volcanoes. While
mud volcanoes found in Andaman Island, India; Taman Peninsula of
Russia and Kerch Peninsula and Ukarine are sometimes used for
recreation, this is not advisable with Makran coast mud volcanoes due to
the unpredictability of ongoing seismic activity and sudden eruptions.Asif
Nazeer Rana, Deputy Director, Geolabs, Geological Survey of Pakistan, 
Islamabad and former director of GSP museum at Quetta. Source

There's a very nice mud volcano field not far from the Salton Sea over on the southwest side.  It is in a rift setting and although not nearly as big as what this article is talking about, the field has been active for quite some time.  I understand that sometime in the 1930s there was a resort there.


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