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Gas sampling around the Mount St. Helens dome. Analyzed results us...

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USGS geologists gathered samples by hand from vents on the dome and crater floor. Additionally, sulfur dioxide gas was measured from a specially-equipped airplane before, during, and after eruptions to determine "emission rates" for the volcano. During eruptions, emission rates typically increased to 5 to 10 times their pre-eruptive value.


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