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1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-edit.jpg">USGS</a>
1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: USGS

Natural Selections: Predicting Volcanos

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Database analysis shows that winter, in addition to its other woes, is volcano season. Martha Foley wonders why. Dr. Curt Stager points the finger at the Pacific Ocean, which piles water on the North American coast and lightens the load on Asia. The stress comes out it crustal acne.

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