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Ellen McGowan

Research student

Ellen McGowan

LEC Building Lancaster University Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YQ


United Kingdom

Current Research

Ellen is a NERC funded PhD student

The explosivity of volcanoes is largely governed by the loss of magmatic water, as explosivity decreases with increased water loss. For my PhD I have gained fresh insight into how rhyolitic (silica-rich) magma deforms during ascent, and how this influences water loss. I achieved this aim by conducting micro- to macro-scale analysis of the textures and magmatic water content in Icelandic dykes (pathways that connect magma chambers with Earth's surface).