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Salt shell fallout during the ash eruption at the Nakadake crater, Aso volcano, Japan: evidence of an underground hydrothermal system surrounding the erupting vent​​​​​​​

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By: Shinohara et al (2018)
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Interaction of magmatic-hydrothermal systems often controls styles and evolution of volcanic activities. Shinohara et al. (2018) revealed continuous existence of a hydrothermal system beneath the crater floor even during magmatic eruptions based on observations of a variety of salt fallouts at Aso volcano, Nakadake crater. Fragile hollow structure of salt fallouts observed during magmatic ash eruption in 2015 indicates their formation by the heating of hydrothermal solution droplets suspended by the erupting column, implying a hydrothermal solution pouring into the erupting vent at very shallow depth. The close distribution of the hydrothermal system surrounding the erupting conduit is likely a key condition of phreatomagmatic eruptions.

This article was a contribution to the special issue of "Advancement of our knowledge on Aso volcano: Current activity and background."

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EPS Young Researcher Award 2017

Hisashi Hayakawa wins the award as the first author of the following paper. 

Records of sunspot and aurora during CE 960–1279 in the Chinese chronicle of the Sòng dynasty​​​​​​​
Hisashi Hayakawa, Harufumi Tamazawa, Akito Davis Kawamura and Hiroaki Isobe

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EPS Excellent Paper Award 2017

The following paper wins the award.  

Simultaneous observation of the electron acceleration and ion deceleration over lunar magnetic anomalies
Yoshifumi Saito, Masaki N. Nishino, Masaki Fujimoto, Tadateru Yamamoto,Shoichiro Yokota, Hideo Tsunakawa, Hidetoshi Shibuya, Masaki Matsushima, Hisayoshi Shimizu, Futoshi Takahashi

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Performance of Akatsuki/IR2 in Venus orbit: the first year

It is essential for instruments that work in space or at or near the target bodies, to be characterized under the actual operating conditions. Establishing the procedure of data processing is important as well. IR2, which cools its sensor and optics by a cryo-cooler, is affected in particular by thermal environment in the orbit. Satoh et al (2017) made efforts to produce the data with best possible quality by understanding the behavior of IR2. Achievements include the brightness correction between electrically-independent quadrants of the sensor, the flat-field response, and the absolute calibration coefficients for high-precision photometry of Venus. It is expected that such "quality assured" IR2 data will be used in a variety of studies from the atmospheric dynamics to the cloud microphysics.

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