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In the winter of 2015, a team of researchers from UNC’s Department of Geological Sciences conducted research at the base of Llaima Volcano in Chile. Watch the full video here. The National Science Foundation funded this particular project, but you can help support undergraduate and graduate students go on research trips like this one.

Jonathan Lees, chair of the department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has traveled all over the world — Russia, Guatemala, Italy, Japan — to conduct research on volcanoes and gain a better understanding of the inner workings of our earth. Most recently he and three of his students traveled to Chile to deploy instruments on Llaima, one of the most active volcanoes in South America.

“We go to exotic places around the world because that’s where we can find the volcanic activity we’re trying to understand,” Lees said.

While Lees has been leading research expeditions on volcanoes for decades, he said this one is special because of the large collaboration. Working with researchers from Boise State University, Georgia State University and Michigan State University allows Lees to expand the scope of the project, and vastly increase the amount of data they are able to gather.

“We’ve gathered together different groups of people who are combining a variety of different instrumentation that we’ve never had before on any volcano,” he said.

Video and story by Mary Lide Parker, Office of Research Communications

Originally Published March 13, 2015 here

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