Geology of Disasters
Spring 2005

Geological Research

During their Geological studies on Montserrat, Dickinson students explored the island, researching lahars, pyroclastic flows, and other volcaniclastics that range from a couple of years old to 750,000 years old. Click on the stars to access further information on a particular location or refer to the links below.


image of map Group Picture and Panaramics from the Summit of St. George's Hill Pictures of the Former Capital, Plymouth Group Work at Old Road Bay Outcrop Bramble Airport Pictures from Jack Boy Hill Group 5 - Government Hill Outcrop Group 4 - Lower Fogarthy Hill Outcrop Group 3 - Upper Fogarthy Hill Outcrop Group 2 - St. Peter's Hill Outcrop Group 1 - St. Peter's Hill South Outcrop Pictures of the Soufriere Hills Volcano from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory Group Picture in the Belham River Valley Pictures of Montserrat's Dock Pictures of the Emergency Shelters used during the Volcano Evacuation Pictures of Montserrat from the Ferry
The above map is motified from Figure 2 from Harford et al. 2002 and from The Tourist Map of Montserrat: Emerald Isle of the Carribbean.

Harford, C.L., Pringle, M.S., Sparks, R.S.J., and Young, S.R. 2002. The volcanic evolution of Montserrat using 40Ar/ 39Ar geochronology. Geol. Soc., London, Memoirs, 21.
Directorate of Overseas Surveys. The Tourist Map of Montserrat: Emerald Isle of the Carribbean. 6th edition. 1:25,000. Southampton, England: British Government's Ministry of Overseas Development, 1983.


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Group 1 - St. Peter's Hill South

Group members Kathy Adia, Andrea Alexander, Emily Bailin, and Candace Draskovich present their research on the 127.3 meter long outcrop located at the road-cut on the southern side of St. Peter's Hill.
Group members Katie Fox, Will Freeman, and Meg Graham showcase their research on the 75.4 meter long outcrop of the northern face of St. Peter's Hill just south of the old stone church and Sea Wolf Dive shop.
Group members Ashley Haywood, Alexander Lloyd, and Melissa Merel present their research on the two road-cut outcrops at the top of Fogarthy's Hill just down the road from the People's Place.
Group members Dan Pattley, Karen Powroznik, and Emily Ruben present their research on the outcrop spanning the base of Fogarthy's Hill.
Group members Tara Russell, Carrie Tate, and Kate Wetherell present their research on the outcrop named Government Hill spanning 300 meters from the newly built governement buildings to the base at Carr's Bay.
In preparation for field work, Prof. Ben Edwards educated the students on the research techniques involved in understanding the past volcanic eruptions of the Centre Hills volcano at the Old Road Bay outcrop.
Pictures of the Emerald Isle from the ferry looking southeast onto the island.
All boats arriving at Montserrat must put in at Little Bay as a result of the destruction of the Plymouth pier. These pictures show the Caribbean side of the island as our ferry arrives on/ departs from Montserrat.
During the first week of residence on the island, the students and professors resided in the shelters used by people displaced during the evacuations less than ten years ago. Click on the link to check out some pictures.
In preparation for research, Dickinson students explored the remains of Bramble Airport and aided by the director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory made interpretations of the most recent eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano.
On the way to Bramble Airport, the group stopped at Jack Boy Hill to take some pictures of the remains of the Bramble Airport.
Click on this link to see pictures from an excursion into the city of Plymouth.
What was previously a golf course has now been turned into a flood/lahar plain for the Belham river. In the past couple years significant amounts of unconsolidated volcanic ash have been deposited in this valley burying what was formely there and acting as a major hinderence to returning to the bottom half of the island.
Before venturing into the remains of Plymouth, students ascended St. George's Hill to take some photgraphs of the former capitol city.
On a clear day, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) can serve as a great observation point for surveying the Soufriere Hills volcano and its surrounding topography currently in the exclusion zone.

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