Under the volcano.
UNDER THE VOLCANO--Why study a volcano only on the surface, when you can also go under it? Fifteen MIT/WHOI Joint Program graduate students and their instructors explored the Venado caves near Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica in June. The caves, 15 million to 20 million years old, were once submerged in seawater and host to corals. Now, they house bats (hence the face masks to curtail guano inhalation). The field trip capped the annual WHOI Geodynamics Program, a semester of weekly seminars, given by scientists invited from many research institutions, on cutting-edge research on a particular earth sciences topic. This year's program focused on subduction zones, where Earth's tectonic plates bend back down toward the planet's interior, usually creating volcanoes in the process. The Geodynamics Program was started in the early 1980s by WHOI scientists Henry Dick, Jack Whitehead, and Hans Schouten, with funding from the Keck Foundation, to promote interdisciplinary research. Program sponsors now include the WHOI Academic Programs Office and the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2008|
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