Volcanologist at Work
What is a Volcanologist?
A Volcanologist is a scientist who studies
volcanoes, a field known as volcanology. Volcanologists collect
samples and analyze them in order to learn how volcanoes work.
Only by knowing how volcanoes work can they make accurate
enough predictions that can end up saving lives.
A Volcanologist job description
A volcanologist's job is to take samples of
gases trapped beneath the surface of hardened lava. The samples
are then analyzed so that the activities of the volcano can be
predicted. Volcanologists often have to travel to places that
are hard to reach because of recent eruption. The more recent
the eruption is the better the samples for volcanologists.
The job of a volcanologist is a dangerous
one but there are many tools available for volcanologists to
make their job easier and safer.
Tools for a volcanologist
Some tools for a volcanologist include a
face mask he or she wears to avoid breathing toxic fumes.
Safety is important and volcanologists use a metal shield to
protect themselves against heat.
Volcanologists need the best
data collection devices and the best analysis
tools to analyze the data collected. Active
volcanologists climb steep mountains to place
earthquake measuring devices. Volcanologists
will crawl into seething craters to collect
rock and gas samples.
To measure the temperature
of lava flows, volcanologists use special
thermometers called thermocouples that can
withstand more heat. Regular thermometers would
melt in the 1100 degree centigrade or 2000
degree F heat.
The job of an volcanologist
is an important one so that we can understand