Scientists poised at the edge of a fumarole on Mount Meager. Photo credit: Gio Roberti.

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SFU scientists study links between climate, landslides and volcanic eruptions

November 09, 2018
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Glyn Williams-Jones

SFU professor Glyn Williams-Jones and former SFU PhD student Gio Roberti suggest that global warming is increasing the chances of a major landslide and a possible eruption at Mount Meager volcano, northwest of Whistler, B.C.   

The mountain’s glacier is shrinking and now fumaroles—vents from the underlying volcano that spew steam and toxic gas—have been discovered. 

Mount Meager is the last volcano to erupt explosively, just over 2,400 years ago, on Canadian soil.

In 2010, Mount Meager was the site of Canada’s largest landslide. Williams-Jones says current movement at Mount Meager is on a volume potentially 10 times that of 2010. 

Read more about Williams-Jones and his volcanology research at Mount Meager in this CBC story. And watch the National's story on Dec. 5th.

Gas escaping from a fumarole on Mount Meager. Photo credit: Gio Roberti.
"This big massive mountain is rotten," says Williams-Jones. Photo credit: Gio Roberti.