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Super-volcanic investigations

Multi-disciplinary analyses of Earth’s most destructive volcanic systems show that continuous monitoring and an understanding of each volcano’s quirks, rather than a single unified model, are key to generating accurate hazard assessments.

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Fig. 1: The Laguna del Maule volcanic system in the Andes Mountains.


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Till, C.B., Pritchard, M., Miller, C. et al. Super-volcanic investigations. Nature Geosci 11, 227–229 (2018).

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