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Sven Morgan

Iowa State researcher’s study of volcanoes sheds light on recent eruptions

By College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

When volcanoes make the news, Sven Morgan, professor and chair of geological and atmospheric sciences at Iowa State University, gets excited just like a kid.

The currently active volcano on Kilauea, Hawaii, has been continuously and slowly erupting for 35 years and its recent increase in activity is making headlines. But many people may not be aware that far beneath the surface of continents are areas of solidified magma chambers, like graves of ancient volcanoes. These are what Morgan studies.