NSF funds interdisciplinary study of seismology, geodesy and
volcanology on Isla Isabela in the Galápagos Islands
Miami, Fla. — An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Miami (UM), University of Rochester, University of Idaho-Moscow and the Instituto Geofísico, Escuela Politécnica Nacional (Quito, Ecuador) have joined forces to study one the world’s most active volcanoes, Sierra Negra in the Galápagos. The volcano’s last eruption occurred in 2005, deepening its 8 km (~5 mile) wide caldera by 4 – 5 meters (~13 – 16 feet). The previous eruption in 1979 produced more than 1 km3 (~0.7 miles3) of lava and was one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century.