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  • Ice-capped volcanoes slower to erupt, study finds

    Lilian Lucus, left, and geology professor Patrica Gregg

    Undergraduate researcher Lilian Lucas, left, and geology professor Patricia Gregg found that additional pressure from thick overlying glacial ice can make volcanic systems more stable and slower to erupt than volcanoes without ice.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Patricia Gregg, call 217-333-3540; email

    The paper “The impact of ice caps on the mechanical stability of magmatic

    systems: Implications for forecasting on human timescales” is available online and is open access. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2022.868569