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WVU senior researches volcanoes in Hawaii


WVU senior Holly Pettus

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The thrill of volcanoes led West Virginia University senior Holly Pettus to a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Hawaii this summer. Pettus, a senior geology student from Pineville, West Virginia, spent nine weeks studying mantle xenoliths from Kilbourne Hole, New Mexico.

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“If you better understand the chemistry of the rock and where they are from, it can help with knowing what is going on in the subsurface. That can help scientists better understand how magma moves in the mantle. While research is obviously the most important part of any REU, it is also important to experience new things and culture during the nine week stay.”—Holly Pettus


Link to original story: Shape Your Destiny: Holly Pettus

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

WVU Department of Geology & Geography

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Current and potential WVU students

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People interested in geology and volcanoes

Educators and administrators

Morgantown and surrounding communities

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