Kasey Aderhold participates in iMUSH “ultrasound” of Mt. St. Helens
Getting to know the inner workings of a volcano might seem like a nearly impossible task, but that’s exactly what Earth & Environment Ph.D. candidate Kasey Aderhold and a team of geophysicists set out to do during the two and a half week long experiment dubbed iMUSH, or Imaging Magma Under St. Helens.
As reported by the University of Rice News & Media department, a team of 75 geophysicists covered Mount St. Helens in over “3,500 active seismological sensors and 23 seismic charges” in order to get a “‘clear picture of the mountain’s inner workings.’”
The experiment will help scientists predict when and to what severity Mount St. Helens might potientially erupt in the future.
As part of the team, Aderhold spent the weekend hiking the instruments up and around the mountain for installation.