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USGS CMG InfoBank: Challenge of Field Work at Katmai

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Comment: 18:26 - 19:55 (01:29)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 13. Volcanism
Keywords: "John Eichelberger", volcano, dome, fumerole, "Mount Katmai", park, wilderness, climate, geologist

Our transcription: Today the dome has cooled, and most of the fumeroles are cold and inactive, but Katmai is still of enormous interest to geologists, who must withstand difficult physical conditions as they carry on their research.
Field work is rather challenging to begin with because it involves a certain amount of planning and physical stamina.
This is particularly challenging because it's so remote.
We're really on our own here.
The weather is so fierce, and, things like, there are other aspects such as things like protection of the environment because this is the park and wilderness have to be foremost.
It takes very careful planning and a stout heart during long windy and rainy spells.
It also gives you a humble feeling about the people who came before who had no aircraft support and not even radios where just getting to the coast here was a major and very long challenge, let alone working here.
The problems are serious, and with lack of attention even life threatening.

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