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UPDATE: Expert's talk on B.C.'s volcanoes at Thompson Rivers University cancelled

Dr. Melanie Kelman on Garibaldi Mountain, one of the province's volcanoes.
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February 09, 2017 - 2:51 PM

UPDATE: 2:48 p.m., Feb. 9, 2017

KAMLOOPS - The talk by Dr. Melanie Kelman, scheduled for this evening, Thursday, Feb. 9, at Thompson Rivers University has been cancelled due to weather, according to an email from Vanessa Greebe with Natural Resources Canada.

 

3:48 p.m., Feb. 8, 2017

KAMLOOPS - While the interior of B.C. is covered in mountains, most people don’t think about how many might be dormant volcanoes.

There are hundreds of dormant volcanoe centres dotting B.C. Dr. Melanie Kelman will be giving a talk in Kamloops tomorrow night at Thompson Rivers University about them, and recent discoveries about one in particular near Pemberton.

Kelman, a volcanologist with Natural Resources Canada, is being hosted by the Kamloops Exploration Group to discuss Mount Meagher near Pemberton and new gas vents discovered last year. While it’s currently dormant, studying the vents may help scientists learn about what it and similar volcanoes may do in the future.

While volcanic activity is rare in B.C.’s interior, the coast is part of the Pacific Ocean’s ‘Ring of Fire.’ When Mt. St. Helens, an active volcano in Washington state, erupted in 1980 — the last major eruption in the region — dozens of people were killed. The closest volcanoes to Kamloops are in the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field west of Wells Gray Provincial Park, about 180 km away.

The free talk will be tomorrow night starting at 7 p.m. in the university’s Mountain Room.

- This story was corrected at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2017 due to the events cancellation.


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