GEOP 572 - Advanced Topics in Geophysics


Summer 2008 - Volcano Geophysical Field Methods

Instructor: Jeffrey Johnson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics

Geop 572 Class

Ten students from all over the world (3 from New Mexico Tech) attended this 10-day graduate-level class held in Hawaii at the active volcano Kilauea. Students installed seismometers and acoustic sensors all around the volcano, as well as taking in some spectacular sights. "These students are all from countries that have volcanoes," instructor Jeffrey Johnson said. “They are all interested in eruption monitoring and learning tools to better understand eruption physics." (From an article by Thomas Guengerich.)

In the slide show and video below, students are shown installing equipment and investigating some of the local sights, such as tree molds (formed when lava covers a tree, and the tree burns up while the lava hardens around it), Kilauea's Halemaumau (sacred pit) crater, the ocean entry where 1000 degree C magma pours into the ocean creating massive clouds of steam, the Royal Garden subdivision which was destroyed 25 years ago when the volcano began erupting, and the "skylights" which are windows into lava tubes where the flowing magma is visible. Photos and video by Jeffrey Johnson.

Front row: Christina Forbes (NMT), Angelica Munoz (Nicaragua), Wendy Saenz (Costa Rica), Lawrence Banes (Philippines), Morris Harrison (Vanuatu), Sonja Behnke (NMT), and Mardian Hardipto (Indonesia). Back row: Jeffrey Johnson (instructor, NMT), Kyle Jones (NMT), and Paolo Reniva (Philippines). Not pictured: Pablo Palacios (Ecuador)

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