Strictly speaking, the Canadian John Tuzo Wilson (1908–1993) gave name to this blanket.
Being a geophysicist, a geologist and a genius mind, he used his talents not just to explore Canadian glaciers, but he also came up with some great ideas about what’s happening deep inside the earth. He is known as one of the pioneers of the current theory of plate tectonics. Back in 1912 the German scientist Alfred Wegener had already suspected, that a long time ago one giant continent had existed that broke up and the pieces drifted apart to form today’s continents. His contemporaries thought he was mad. In the 1970´s Wilson finally provided a plausible explanation for what causes the so called continental drift. A geological feature in the Pacific Ocean had attracted his attention back in the 60ies. The islands of the Hawaiian archipelago are of volcanic origin and lined up like a string of pearls, ordered by size and age. Being around for approximately 3.7 Million years, Oahu is the oldest and smallest, and is furthest away from the biggest and youngest of the islands – Hawaii, just 400,000 years of age. Strange, but he knew why. Some hundred kilometres underneath Hawaii there is an area in the earth's mantle that is hotter than its surrounding. Wilson called this phenomenon simply a “Hot Spot” and explained that this is where extremely hot magma melts its way thought the earth’s crust to form a volcano, that can rise to become an impressive island like Hawaii. Because the continental plates are drifting, the volcano, being fixed to a plate, drifts too. After a (long) while and a certain distance all eruptive activity of the displaced volcano will stop and a new one will start to grow at the original position of the old one. Wilson concluded that the Hot Spot is stationary and brings up new volcanoes as the old ones drift away. Ingenious! But why are the older islands smaller than the younger ones? Wind and water caused this erosion. So: visit Hawaii while it is still there, or wait until the youngest baby isle Loihi sees the light of day. Right now it is still 900 meters below the sea, but in just 10,000 to 100,000 years from now it will surface. Or did you have the pleasure of hitting a Hot Spot already? They are everywhere: under the Canary Islands, under Iceland, under the Galapagos Islands, under Yellowstone, under Tasmania and on this blanket.
Throws from this UPPERCASE Merino collection are knitted in Germany from 100% virgin wool. To be exact, it is Merino wool extrafine - the finest sheep have to offer. The soft feel in combination with the clear loop structure makes Merino wool the ideal fabric for this kind of expressive graphical design.