Title

Ice and Fire: An Analysis of Glacier-volcano Interactions in Iceland and the Pacific Northwest

Authors

Aaron OrrFollow

Date

5-31-2018 9:15 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 9:30 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Session Chair

Melinda Shimizu

Session Title

Shaping our world: Glaciers and their impact on Western North America

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Abstract

Volcanoes and glaciers are both incredible natural structures that already pose looming threats to their surroundings. However, these two geologic entities are not always spatially isolated and can often occur together. Resulting glacier-volcano interactions can produce catastrophic events that wreak havoc on their surroundings in the form of floods, debris flows, and channelized lava flows. Glacier-volcano interactions are not only found in constantly frigid environments like Iceland and Antarctica, but also in areas like the Pacific Northwest along the northern Cascades. With such a widespread geographical occurrence, these interactions are not only important to polar regions. Understanding how glaciers and volcanoes affect one another—and how these glacial-volcanic phenomena affect humans and their environment—is imperative to predicting future catastrophes and reducing risk to human lives. This presentation will explore where volcanoes and glaciers co-occur, how they affect one another, and how these interactions impact humans and the environment.

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May 31st, 9:15 AM May 31st, 9:30 AM

Ice and Fire: An Analysis of Glacier-volcano Interactions in Iceland and the Pacific Northwest

WUC Pacific Room

Volcanoes and glaciers are both incredible natural structures that already pose looming threats to their surroundings. However, these two geologic entities are not always spatially isolated and can often occur together. Resulting glacier-volcano interactions can produce catastrophic events that wreak havoc on their surroundings in the form of floods, debris flows, and channelized lava flows. Glacier-volcano interactions are not only found in constantly frigid environments like Iceland and Antarctica, but also in areas like the Pacific Northwest along the northern Cascades. With such a widespread geographical occurrence, these interactions are not only important to polar regions. Understanding how glaciers and volcanoes affect one another—and how these glacial-volcanic phenomena affect humans and their environment—is imperative to predicting future catastrophes and reducing risk to human lives. This presentation will explore where volcanoes and glaciers co-occur, how they affect one another, and how these interactions impact humans and the environment.