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Official NASA Communication 90-124

Official NASA Communication 90-124

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Brian DunbarHeadquarters, Washington, D.C. September 17, 1990(Phone: 202/453-1547)Bob MacMillinJet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.(Phone: 818/354-5011)RELEASE: 90-124JOINT NASA, USGS AND SOVIET TEAM TO STUDY RUSSIANVOLCANOESA joint NASA/U.S. Geological Survey team of Americanscientists plan this week to join a team of Soviet scientists tostudy volcanoes along Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula -- one of themost active and least understood volcanic regions in the world.The joint study marks the first time that Western scientistshave been allowed in the Kamchatka region since World War II andsignals the start of a new U.S.-Soviet program to better definevolcanoes in the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" -- volcanoes and othertectonic features located along the edges of the Pacific Plate.The plate's boundaries include the western coast of NorthAmerica, the Aleutian Islands, the Kamchatka Peninsula, Japan andNew Zealand.The agreement enabling access for the NASA/USGS team wasnegotiated as part of NASA's Earth Sciences Joint Working Groupwith the Soviets. Until this invitation the area has been "off limits" to Western scientists. As a result, "Kamchatka is sortof a missing link in our knowledge of the Pacific Ring of Fire,"said Dr. David Pieri, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
geologist who heads the American team."The volcanoes there are big, they're dangerous, and they doexplode," said Pieri. Situated near a major air traffic lanethat runs roughly along the northeast coast of Asia, thevolcanoes often eject ash into the stratosphere, posing a threatto aircraft. Increased air traffic in the area warrants newstudies of the potential volcanic hazard, Pieri said.- more -- 2 -On this trip, the American team is participating in jointfield mapping of the region in aircraft supplied by the Sovietside. The Soviet team is from the Institute for Volcanology of the USSR's Academy of Sciences, Far Eastern division, inPetropavlovsk - Kamchatskii. The mapping will identify areas of interest for proposed subsequent joint airborne and orbitalmapping of Kamchatka-area volcanoes and volcanically activeregions in the United States.Participants from JPL are Pieri and Dr. Anne Kahle. Fromthe U.S. Geological Survey are Dr. Jack Lockwood of the HawaiiVolcanoes Observatory; Dr. Dan Miller of the Cascade VolcanoesObservatory, Vancouver, Washington; and Dr. Tom Miller, AlaskaVolcanoes Observatory, Anchorage.Plans call for the Soviet team to visit the U.S. early nextyear for similar field work in Hawaii or Oregon, to be followedby more extensive joint field work in Kamchatka in late summer of 1991.- end -NASA news releases and other NASA information are availableelectronically on CompuServe and GEnie, the General ElectricNetwork for Information Exchange. For information on CompuServe,
call 1-800-848-8199 and ask for representative 176. Forinformation on GEnie, call 1-800-638-9636.TO: MDS/PRA Group1615 L Street, N.W. - Suite 100Washington, D.C. 20036DATE & TIME: SEPTEMBER 18, 1990ORDERED BY: Edward CampionNASA Headquarters/LMD400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20546 PHONE: 202/453-8400PROJECT TITLE: Release No: 90-124PRINT ORDER: 2311PRINTING: Camera Ready, lst pg on NASA logo, other pages plainENCLOSE & MAIL: Release of 2 pages

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