Researchers at Washington State University and the University of Idaho have found a new way to estimate how fast magma is recharging beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano.
John Wolff looks at the microprobe computer screen to view an analysis of a rock
sample. (Photos by Becky Phillips, WSU Today)
Nick Foit holding a garnet crystal.
The geologists had warned them — but people were still caught off guard when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980. The ferocity of that explosion went beyond all predictions and killed 57 people. Today, in a quiet laboratory on the WSU Pullman campus, John Wolff is developing an early warning system to monitor volcanoes capable of spewing a thousand times … » More …