By Eric Sorensen, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – The Pacific Northwest was home to one of the Earth’s largest known volcanic eruptions, a millennia-long spewing of sulfuric gas that blocked out the sun and cooled the planet, Washington State University researchers have determined.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Each volcano’s life is a little different. Many of them are born when big chunks of the Earth’s crust, or tectonic plates, collide or move away from each other. The moving plates force hot, liquid rock, or magma, to rise up from deep within the Earth.
PULLMAN, Wash. – This question takes us on a journey deep into the Earth. Figuratively speaking, of course. It’s really hot under Earth’s surface. It’s so hot it can melt rock. This melted rock is known as magma. And anything that erupts magma is a volcano.
PULLMAN, Wash. – May 18, 2015 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. The ash cloud moved across the northwest, directly impacting Washington State University for weeks.
By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – I was living in eastern Washington in May 1980 when Mount St. Helens erupted after a massive landslide triggered by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.
By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – There are two main things most people would like to know about particular volcanoes: when is the next eruption and how big will it be? Scientists in Iceland have taken a step forward in monitoring volcanoes to best predict when they will […]
PULLMAN, Wash. – Ireland enjoys a mild and stable climate. But even in Ireland there are years that stand out as unusual. Recently a team of researchers led by Harvard University’s Francis Ludlow announced results of a study of Ireland’s climate based on the Irish Annals, a body of writings containing more than 40,000 […]