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New microprobe hones detail
February 6, 2009

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 …