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Time to Vote for the 2017 Volcanic Event of the Year!

Rocky Planet iconRocky PlanetBy Erik KlemettiDec 18, 2017 1:40 PM
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The steaming island of Bogoslof, the 2016 Pliny winner, seen on August 26, 2017. The eruption was declared over on December 8, 2017. AVO/USGS. Yes, it is that time of the year again. For those of you who read my old blog, Eruptions, you know that each year, I ask the readers to vote for the Volcanic Event of the Year -- or, as I've dubbed it, the Pliny. If you need some refresher on what was all the volcanic activity from the year, check out the Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program'sWeekly Volcanic Activity Report or the abridged highlights of the year in the Atlantic. Here's our Pliny winners from the past: 2009: Sarychev Peak, Russia2010: Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland2011: Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Chile/Argentina2012: Tolbachik, Russia2013: Etna, Italy2014: Holuhraun-Barðarbunga, Iceland2015: Colima, Mexico2016: Bogoslof, Alaska You can cast a ballot with up to 3 volcanoes ranked 1 to 3. Vote by leaving a comment here, tweeting your picks to @eruptionsblog with #2017pliny or emailing me (rockyplanetblog at gmail). The polls will be open until December 26 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, so cast your ballot and I’ll count down the top volcanoes as 2017 closes out.

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