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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 Hawaiʻi 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
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