News of the WeekVOLCANOLOGY

Oregon's Rising, an Eruption to Follow·

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1281-1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1281

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By excruciatingly precise comparison of satellite radar data, volcanologists have discovered a broad, 10-centimeter-high uplift on the flanks of the Three Sisters volcanoes in the Cascade mountain range of central Oregon. No one can say what, if anything, will happen next--the most dramatic possibility is continued doming and an eventual volcanic eruption. But researchers are thrilled to be in on the ground floor of what could become a classic case study in volcanology.