28 Jan 2015

Expedition to investigate Mt Erebus

7:54 am on 28 January 2015

A group of New Zealand, American and Japanese geologists is due to leave Christchurch for Antarctica this week to investigate one of the least studied active volcanoes in the world, Mt Erebus.

Mt Erebus, Antarctica

Mt Erebus, Antarctica Photo: 123rf

The 3800 metre volcano is on Ross Island, 35 kilometres from Scott Base in Antarctica.

The project - funded through the New Zealand Antarctic programme - will use a special geophysical technique for looking beneath the volcano and finding out how molten rock ascends from deep in the earth's crust to the surface.

New Zealand scientist and project leader Graham Hill said Erebus offered an opportunity to map magma paths and better understand the origin of potentially devastating volcanoes.

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