Most people think of Hawaii or Iceland when they think of volcanoes, and don’t realize that we have at least 12 volcanoes right here in BC. The most recent explosive eruption (similar in size to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens) occurred a little over 2400 years ago when Mount Meager, located near Pemberton, spewed volcanic ash that landed as far as away as where Calgary is now.
But Mount Meager is still active. In 2016, steam and toxic gases started to escape through vents (or fumaroles) in its ice pack. Fumaroles and volcanic eruptions are affected by receding ice packs, as Glyn Williams-Jones will explain at the Thursday September 12 meeting of the Burke Mountain Naturalists.
Williams-Jones is a professor of Earth Sciences at SFU and co-director of BC’s Centre for Natural Hazard Research. His presentation will cover Mount Meager’s volcanic history and he will describe work that monitors its current status and that may signal future volcanic eruptions.
This meeting will be held at
King of Life Lutheran Church
1198 Falcon Dr (SW corner of Falcon and Guildford)
There is parking in the church parking lot, off the Falcon Drive entrance.