Posted by: magmatist | May 17, 2011

Melissa Park’s Sherman Crater thesis defense: May 27

Sherman Crater in late summer;fumarole groups are labeled. John Scurlock photo. Click to enlarge.

Here’s the first notification for Bakerists to plan to attend the thesis defense of WWU Masters candidate Melissa Park. Her presentation will be May 27th (Friday) at 2PM, most likely in lecture hall ES 100 (the Geology building). Melissa studied ice thickness of the Sherman Crater glacier  using ground penetrating radar and investigated glacial and geothermal dynamics in the crater between 2009 and 2010. Her study provides the first rigorous quantitative assessment of the Sherman Crater glacier: ice volume, flow direction and velocity, annual mass balance and characteristics of the material below its base. She arrives at a surprising conclusion that, if correct, would have important ramifications for Baker lahar hazard.

Plan to be there.

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