On June 14 this year, 40,000 passengers were left stranded when most airlines cancelled Adelaide domestic services because of a volcanic ash plum over Australia. A week later, the airport was again quiet as aircraft were grounded because the ash cloud was circling the earth.
This disruption occurred just a year after the Icelandic volcano stopped a large number of European flights in April 2010.
So are these events becoming more commonplace?
To find out the answer to this question go to Diana Plavsa‘s article titled: Clouding the future published it The Advertiser 16th August 2011 (Diana is a PhD student in the School of Earth & Environmental Science).
Alternatively, to discover more about the University of Adelaide‘s 10 Big Questions go to: Enhanced Learning in First-Year Science