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Cascades Volcano Presentation in Bellingham, October 29

John Ewert

Dr. John Ewert

Guest speaker: John Ewert, Scientist-in-charge- of the Cascade Volcano Observatory, US Geological Survey, Vancouver, WA.

Whatcom Museum, October 29. Doors at 6:30, presentation at 7. Free, but please consider a $3 donation to the museum at the door.

The talk, sponsored by the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, will focus on the current status of volcano monitoring and research throughout the Cascades. At CVO John oversees all research on the Cascade volcanos, and is  an authority on volcano monitoring. He has worked all over the world.

“We have a lot of volcanoes in the United States — 170 of them. … And since 1980 there have been something like 100 eruptions from 35 or so of them. So, volcanically, we’re pretty busy,” he said. “And in the Cascades we have 13 large volcanoes and a lot of smaller ones…you just never know when these volcanoes are going to switch on and move toward eruption.”

Multi-gas sampler, Sherman Crater, Mount Baker.

Multi-gas sampler, Sherman Crater, Mount Baker.

“And once you start getting earthquakes or see something happening at the surface, you’re already behind the curve if you haven’t been watching to see what is normal and what the baseline is,” Ewert said. “So if you’re coming to the game late, you never know how long the fuse is.”

A number of presentations about Mount Baker eruption history and hazards will be presented by MBVRC.

Kendall Elementary School, October 25.

La Connor Museum, November 2

Bellingham, Bloedel Donovan Park, November 18.

For details, visit the MBVRC website: http://mbvrc.wordpress.com/field-trips/

Mount Baker presentation Thursday in Mount Vernon

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center presents a free talk on Mount Baker Eruptive History and Hazards in Mount Vernon this Thursday, January 31. The presenter will be Dave Tucker.

Skagit Valley College, Phillip Tarro Auditorium

Doors open at 6:30, talk begins at 7. All ages. These popular talks often are SRO, so get there early.

The talk is sponsored by Skagit-Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club and Skagit Valley College Center for Learning and Teaching.

New US volcano observatory: the USGS’s California Volcano Observatory.

450-year-old Cinder Cone and Fantastic Lava flows are 10 miles north east of Lassen Peak. Photo by John Scurlock. The potential for future basaltic eruptions always exists in the region, now under the purview of CalVO.

US Geological Survey has announced the formation of a new volcano oberservatory in the US – CalVO, the California Volcano Observatory. This observatory will be operated out of the USGS center in Menlo Park, and will have responsibility for volcanoes in California and Nevada. The former Long Valley Observatory is now subsumed into CalVO, and Cascade Volcano Observatory will no longer be responsible for the Cascade volcanoes in northern California: Mount Shasta, Lassen Peak, Medicine Lake, and the ever-potent cinder cone fields in northeastern California.

Read Erik Klemmetti’s post on CalVO on his Eruptions Blog, here. If you are a volcanophile, and are not already subscribed to Erik’s blog, consider doing so. Lots of interesting updates from around the world, something new pretty much daily. Erik is also a great supprter of MBVRC, and has gotten attention and promoted t-shirt sales and other fundraising efforts for our research group from around the world.

Mount Baker eruptive history and hazards presentation schedule

Mount Baker steam plume. January 9, 2010. Photo provided by Steven Trinkhaus. Click to enlarge.

Talks on the eruptive history and hazards of Mount Baker will be presented by Mount Baker Volcano Research Center director Dave Tucker at several venues this winter. We will have the famous MBVRC fundraiser t-shirts on hand as long as they last. We pass the hat for donations at these events to support Mount Baker volcano research.

We are looking for sponsoring organizations elsewhere in the region- Mount Vernon, Everett, Seattle, Richmond, Ferndale, Concrete, Glacier. . . if you have suggestions or wish to invite a presentation, please contact MBVRC via email: Vancouver:

January 10 (Tuesday) 7:30 P.M.- British Columbia Mountaineering Club, Vancouver, B.C.:  Floral Hall, Van Dusen Gardens, New Visitor Center, Vancouver, B.C.  Free and open to the public.

January 24 (Tuesday ) Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver B.C. Details TBA.

Port Townsend:

January 14 (Saturday) 4 P.M. Port Townsend, Jefferson County Land Trust Geology Group: Quimper Unitarian Universalist Foundation, 2333 San Juan Ave. $5 donation


February 16 (Thursday) Whatcom Museum, Bellingham.  Free event. Details TBA.


April 13 Skagit County Beach Watchers and Friends of Skagit Beaches, Anacortes Library rotunda, 1220 10th, 7:00 PM

As soon as new presentations are scheduled, they are posted on the MBVRC blog. For more information on Baker research and activity, visit the primary MBVRC website.

Amazing live video from Axial Seamount Volcano

Here is a link to a live video stream from a robotic submersible currently cruising around the Axial Seamount Volcano. Axial is a hotspot volcano on the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge 300 miles west of Astoria, and it erupted this April (video here). The submersible follows a cable on the seafloor. This link was sent by Alden Denny, a 2008 alum WWU geology alum and now a UW marine geology grad student out at sea on NOAA’s R/V Thompson.  Alden is working with the Ocean Observatories Initiative, Regional Scaled Nodes group which is installing a cabled observatory at Axial Seamount. The website is currently live-streaming HD video from the ROV ROPOS. This is amazing footage, so please take a look! There are great volcanic features, including blobby pillow lavas, hornitos. sometimes you just see blue water, but be patient, something fascinating is bound to appear eventually. How’s that for a field trip?! Sure beats TV!

I just watched an octopus drift by, and before that some lovely pillow lavas went by beneath the rover.

Baker’s Sherman Crater report on MBVRC blog

A report on the weekend’s fumarole gas sampling expedition to Sherman Crater on Mount Baker is at the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center’s subscription website.

For up-to-date reports on Baker activity and research, subscribe to the MBVRC blog.  Go to the report.

Sampling fumaroles is a gas! Click to enlarge.