Wednesday, December 09, 2009

NAU funded to monitor Sunset Crater volcano

The USGS announced the award today to 15 universities and state agencies across the country, including Northern Arizona University, "to modernize the equipment in volcano monitoring networks, to produce high-resolution maps of high-threat volcanoes for modeling volcanic hazards for at-risk populations, and to analyze data from recent eruptions." [right Sunset Crater. Credit National Park Service]

The total program amount of $7 million is from stimulus funds.

Arizona qualified due to the eruption of Sunset Crater during the years of 1065 -1180, in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near Flagstaff.

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