Volcanos Get Their Annual Checkup

Thick boots, protective goggles and detailed instruction from an experienced professor were all that stood between a small group of Hofstra students and the mouths of dormant volcanos on the Greek islands of Santorini and Nisyros.

The students at a cliff full of fumaroles, the openings in and around volcanos from which gases are released.

Working
in rocky terrain where the ground temperature often reached 210º F, the students flew drones to
map craters and fractures in the earth; used GPS technology to measure ground
vibrations and movements; and collected soil samples from the inside and surrounding
area of the volcanos to determine the likelihood of future activity.

“We
were the doctors there to give the volcanos their checkup,” said Associate
Professor Antonios Marsellos, an expert in geohazards who led the summer
expedition.

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