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TCNJ Physics Professor’s Research on Volcanic Subduction Zones Garners International Recognition

TCNJ Physics Professor’s Research on Volcanic Subduction Zones Garners International Recognition

Dr. R. Shane McGary, Assistant Professor of Physics at TCNJ (and former postdoctoral researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute), along with several colleagues recently published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature.

Professor McGary’s research on the geophysical substructure below the active volcano Mount Rainier provides a detailed understanding of how volcanic magma develops and flows.  This ground-breaking study has the potential to help predict volcanic eruptions.   Links to the full research paper and several news stories are outlined below.

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Image of the Earth under Mt. Rainier (red triangle). The blue arc (lower left) is old oceanic crust. Magma forms 50 miles below the surface (A) and migrates upward (B) to a reservoir near Rainier (C). Fluids that escaped from the crust higher up (D) join the magma chamber. (R. Shane McGary)

View the Full Paper in Nature

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