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Mount Etna, Italy
Preparing to sample volcanic aerosol on Mount Etna, Italy

Topics from previous years:

  • Observing arc-scale volcanism in Central America using EO techniques
  • Origin, evolution and continuing activity of Santiaguito lava dome, Guatemala
  • Post-glacial volcanism in Southern Chile: the influence of climate and tectonics at Hornopiren, Yate and Hualiaque volcanoes.
  • The Chemistry of Volcanic Plumes: Emission, Processing and Deposition (Rob Martin, thesis completed 2007)

    Villarrica volcano, Chile
    Villarrica volcano, Chile

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    This page was last updated February 2009.

    Tamsin Mather, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford