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45. Is Mt. Erebus active. What kind of volcano is it? When will it erupt next? What do you guys have to do if it does erupt? When did it last erupt?

Jenna, LaRonne and Eric,

Great Question!  Others have asked this as well.  So I did a bit of research on the background of Mt. Erebus and posted it on my main page dated 1/14/11.  To answer some of the questions that were not addressed in the larger post —

It is a Stratovolcano!

As it is erupting daily on a small scale and releasing most of its energy in that way, it is not expected to have a large eruption anytime soon.  I have heard rumors that we have a plan if the volcano releases a large amount of lava, but I do not know what that is.  Station management must not be too concerned about it.

4 responses

  1. mom

    I find Mt Erebus fascinating since you guys just hike and live around an active volcano. You mentioned a long duration lava lake – does this mean that there is molten lava in the crater? What do you see when you hike to the top? Do you see it steaming?

    January 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

  2. Mom,
    It is an active volcano and there is a molten lava lake at the top. While it looks massive in all my photos, it is actually pretty far away. We are not allowed to hike it. And most people do not have an opportunity to look over the rim – except the researchers, of course. We can see it steaming from town though!

    January 16, 2011 at 6:19 PM

  3. mom

    oh, that makes sense! Cool to see it steaming from town! How hot is it at the rim – hard to believe that researchers can get that close.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:54 AM

  4. Lizzie

    What tectonic plates is mount erebus located on? when i look at a tectonic map it shows that its on the antarctic, but if thats the case how is it erupting?

    May 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

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