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Feb 07 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: The Testimony of Vehicles

So I thought I would do a short little aside on vehicles and what happened to them during the lateral blast at Mount St. Helens, only it turned out to be a long big aside and has to be split into two parts. This always happens to me. Here’s part one, wherein we deal with deposits and other sundry effects, and in part two, coming soon, we shall consider heat. This post was a bit gritty and abrasive; I promise the next will be hawt.

Aerial view of damaged logging equipment on Coldwater Ridge, north of Mount St. Helens. Skamania County, Washington. July 2, 1980. Image and caption courtesy USGS.

Aerial view of damaged logging equipment on Coldwater Ridge, north of Mount St. Helens. Skamania County, Washington. July 2, 1980. Image and caption courtesy USGS.

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  1. 1
    rq

    Stop distracting me. I’m supposed to be working. And now all I can think about are those poor damaged vehicles, never to know a second life as somebody’s runabout, because of being too close to a volcano…
    I thought I’d be all smart and try to figure out what that unidentifiable car part was, but no luck. Not much of a car person to begin with, so going right to the difficult puzzles isn’t wise.

    (And… Moment of silence for Reid. Wow. Not a chance. That’s a lot of deposits.)

  2. 2
    machintelligence

    The car part is what remains of a seat . All that’s left are the springs and a little of the foam and fabric. Now back to the article.

    1. 2.1
      machintelligence

      I should have read further. The other unidentified part appears to be the instrument cluster and what remains of the steering column.

  3. 3
    Trebuchet

    Awesome as usual! Just more evidence that we humans are mere puny parasites on the surface of the earth.

    For more defunct vehicles posted by a geologist, see “The Last Train to Nowhere” by Dr. Evelyn Mervine!
    http://blogs.agu.org/georneys/2013/02/03/the-last-train-to-nowhere-in-pictures/

  4. 4
    Tsu Dho Nimh

    That small picture with the bright yellow UFO (unidentified fallen object) is probably one of these. It’s a specialized crane used to stack logs.
    It’s not twisted much – it just fell over.

    http://www.caterpillar.com/cda/files/3465681/7/Forestry-photo2.jpg
    http://image.fourwheeler.com/f/miscellaneous/border-to-border-2009-all-dirt-off-road-jeep-trek-from-mexico-to-canada-part-2/23379610/slugfest-with-some-logging-equipment.jpg

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    A Hermit

    I’ve seen snow cover a car like the one in that last pic. But ashes and dust? YIKES!

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