40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano, of which Professor Abers conducted extensive research

Mount St Helen

Monday, May 18 is the 40th anniversary of the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington. This seminal event was the most destructive eruption in the US and gave birth to much of the modern science of volcanology.

Professor Geoffrey Abers and his group have been part of a major study of Mount St. Helen over the last several years, called Imaging Magma Under St. Helens (iMUSH). iMUSH was a four-year collaborative research project involving several institutions and supported by the GeoPRISMS and EarthScope Programs of the US National Science Foundation to illuminate the architecture of the greater Mount St. Helens magmatic system from slab to surface. National Geographic wrote a piece on their work called "Mount St. Helens isn't where it should be. Scientists may finally know why."

Abers group led the part of seismology looking at the deep roots of the volcano, to understand where the magma comes from that ultimately erupts. Current and past graduate students participated in this research including Michael Mann, Kayla Jade Rosbie and Roque Soto Castenenda.

For more information on this project, read “Inside Mount Saint Helens, Scientists Find Clues to Eruption Prediction” from Scientific American.

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