by Marcia Goodrich
If you want to measure air pollution drifting across the North Atlantic, there's just one place on earth to do it.
Thus, it was on top of a volcano, Pico Mountain in the Azores, that Richard Honrath (associate professor of civil and environmental engineering) and his research team lowered a laboratory the size of an ice- fishing shanty, with considerable assistance from a Portuguese Air Force helicopter crew.
Honrath and his research team assembled the lab and its instrumentation at Michigan Tech before trucking it 350 miles to Milwaukee. The U.S. Air National Guard then flew the half-ton structure plus six tons of additional cargo to the Azores in a C130 transport plane, landing at Lajes Air Force Base on the island of Terceira.