Mt. Rainier Fumarole Cave Project

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Mt. Rainier Fumarole Cave Project
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Mt. Rainier Fumarole Cave Project says
The Mt. Rainier Fumarole Cave Project is an integrated study of the various processes and ecology of one of the largest volcanic crater glacier cave systems in the world. Unlike regular rock caves, or even conventional glacier caves, such as those on Mt. Hood, the geomorhology of fumarole caves are driven by a complex suite of processes, including climate, geothermal, geochemistry, and airflow, working in concert to form and change the cave system year by year, and sometimes week by week. The caves not only contain laboratories for astrobiology, climatology, and hydrochemistry, but may well serve as an indicator to changing behavior of this dangerous volcano. The extensive mapping efforts will also assist rescuers in the event of an incident in these caves, which are visited by climbers regularly. Listen to the latest update on this ongoing study in one of the most inhospitable environments in the US. Eddy Cartaya, the project coordinator, will guide you on a photo and video journey of this incredible cave system, and share the challenges and successes of the team that work there to gather this valuable data.
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By: Mazamas