February 23, 2014 12:00 AM

Study of magma crystallization may help predict volcano eruptions

“Some people imagine that beneath a volcano is a bubbling vat of magma just ready to go at any time,” said Adam Kent, a geologist at Oregon State University. “But we’ve found that the magma under Mount Hood is in this mobile state maybe less than 1 percent of the total time it has been there.”

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