I will be away from Eruptions for the next 2 weeks or so. I won’t be on vacation, I will actually be out on volcanoes themselves doing some much-needed fieldwork. It is a three volcano tour, starting with a trip to Lassen Peak to get a guided view with Michael Clynne of the USGS (the world expert on the volcano, the last Cascade volcano to erupt other than Saint Helens).
Then follows a trip to Mt. Hood with Adam Kent from Oregon State (my doctoral alma mater) in Oregon to sample some of the youngest flows that are only a few hundred years old. Geologists from Oregon DOGAMI (Department of Geology and Mineral Industries) are still worried about the hazards posed by Hood both during and between eruptions.
Finally, I head to my personal research field site, the Devil’s Hills and Rock Mesa on the southern slopes of South Sister (see above). I’m excited to go collect some new samples of lavas and tephra from these youngest rhyolites of the Oregon Cascades – they are definitely an anomaly in the Central Oregon Cascades.
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