Montserrat is a beautiful island, but it's small - and the fact that the Soufriere Hills volcano has made a bit more than half of it unlivable hasn't helped any. Here's a basic map of the island, with the approximate boundaries of the exclusion zone (which changes depending on activity):
|Maps of the Antilles arc and the volcanic centers on Montserrat. From Smith et al. (2007), Prehistoric Stratigraphy of the Soufriere Hills–South Soufriere Hills Volcanic Complex, Montserrat, West Indies.|
|Montserrat from the north, with the Silver Hills in the foreground and the Centre Hills just visible below the clouds.|
video (thermal and normal) at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory website, and I'll be showing photos of our field trip to the collapse deposits in a later post.
spend some time at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, where the scientists graciously spend time showing us the ropes (and taking us on some great field trips).
|The Montserrat Volcano Observatory perched above the Belham Valley. Swanky!|
|Examining friction marks on a boulder in the February 2010 deposits.|
|As field locations go, you really can't beat one that's steps away from the beach (and the beach bar).|
|How could anyone work in these conditions?|
Harford, C.L., Pringle, M.S., Sparks, R.S.J., Young, S.R., 2002, The volcanic evolution of Montserrat using 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. In The Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, from 1995-1999 (T.H. Druitt and B.P. Kokelaar, eds.), p. 93-113.
Smith, A.L., Roobol, M.J., Schellekens, J.H., Mattioli, G.S., 2007, Prehistoric Stratigraphy of the Soufriere Hills-South Soufriere Hills Volcanic Complex, Montserrat, West Indies. The Journal of Geology, v. 115, p.115-127.