I grew up in a small town, Lone Pine, Ca, situated at the foot of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. It is home to about 2,000 people so if you ever find yourself in the Owens Valley, be sure to stop by some of the many locally owned businesses!
Volcanic conduits are largely invisible to direct observation. Interpretations can be made via indirect data collection or through theoretical models. I hope to use physics based theoretical models to constrain the geometry or gain insight into how geometry affects the fluid movement. The geometry of a volcanic system influences pressure gradients, oscillation patterns, fragmentation depths, fluid stratification, and much more. Numerous models of volcanic conduits have been produced and tinkered with, but are always in the works.
A not so perfect analogy but fun to think about:
What types of parameters affect the perfect cake ooze?
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