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Notes on Sources

I would be perfectly happy to spend my retirement investigating Oregon’s volcanoes and reading scientific papers about cats, weather, and geology, but there’s this book, Where Cats Come From, to do and it is science writing for the general public.

This means, since I am a new writer, that I should declare my standing to write such a book.

As the eminently quotable G. K. Chesterton would say, I must be egotistical in order to prove I’m sincere.

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The Socorro Magma Body

Sandhill cranes only dance during the winter at New Mexico’s wildlife refuges.

Volcanologists and other Earth scientists do their thing year-round at one particular reserve:  the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, located a few miles north of the city of Socorro, New Mexico.  It’s sits some 70 miles south of Albuquerque and about 50 miles east of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Very Large Array.

The boffins aren’t installing seismometers at Sevilleta to monitor birds.  They are trying to learn more about the second-largest collection of magma ever found in Earth’s continental crust.  This underground magma sits just 12 miles  below the nature reserve and other nearby areas. Continue reading The Socorro Magma Body