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MSH Predictions

Posted on 30th June 2016 at 09:18

Scientists studying Mount St. Helens are reporting a possible breakthrough that could help them to predict when the volcano is getting ready to erupt. OregonLive.com is reporting on an event going on in Japan called the Goldschmidt conference, where more than 3,500 of the top geochemists in the world are meeting and discussing the latest research. Jon Blundy is a professor of life sciences at the University of Bristol, and he’s presenting a paper regarding the movement of feldspar crystals in the magma chamber below the mountain, saying that they can be read kind of like tree rings, and the reading of those “rings” can tell you when magma has been moving underneath the mountain. Blundy notes that this isn’t “real-time measurement,” but by reading these crystals, they may have developed a key regarding magma movement underneath Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes around the world.