We've come to stay for a couple of days on the tummy of a dangerous giant. Samosir Island is a resurgent bulge in the floor of the largest volcanic lake in the world. It sits in the middle of a caldera atop a giant magma chamber which caused the largest supervolcanic eruption on earth in the last 25 million years. Seventy-five million years ago, it is thought to have wiped out most everything in South Asia, and reduced the worldwide human population to a few tens of thousands. The eruption was large enough to have deposited an ash layer twenty-feet thick in India, and it is estimated that global temperatures dropped five to six degrees farenheit for several years.
Why? Because we want to meet and learn about the Batak people living here, have some more great meals, and kick back and watch the sunset.
To see all of the photos taken today, click on Monday, March 12th, Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia.