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3D-model mimics volcanic explosions

6/3/2011

University Park, Pa. -- A 3-D model of a volcanic explosion, based on the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, may enhance our understanding of how some volcanic explosions occur and help identify blast zones for potentially dangerous locations, according to an international team of volcanologists.

"We took on the modeling of enormously complicated pyroclastic density currents, notably the classic, notorious May 1980 lateral blast that destroyed 500 square kilometers of forested terrain at Mount St. Helens," said Barry Voight, professor emeritus of geology and geological engineering, Penn State.  (Read more: http://live.psu.edu/story/53632#nw4)

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