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Excellent story, Elaine - thanks!

I saw a Nova about vulcanologists a few years ago; that's as dangerous as geology gets. It featured the sort of people who climb to the crater of the currently-erupting volcano in order to collect gas and lava samples, etc. A significant number of them don't climb down again.

There was a guy in a trailer (some poor grad stude, no doubt) on the side of Mt. St. Helens monitoring the situation when the side of the mountain collapsed during the 1980 eruption. No trace was ever found of him or his trailer.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

My parents knew him. It was all so sad. He is the one who took the famous pictures of the mountain blowing up.

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