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Dec 05 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: We’ve Reached Johnston Ridge!

Part V of our Mount St. Helens field trip guide is up. Go for the views, stay for the super-awesome topo maps with lights showing various bits of the eruption!

Topo model of Mount St. Helens at Johnston Ridge Observatory. Those red streaks cascading down her flanks aren't lava, they're lahars.

Topo model of Mount St. Helens at Johnston Ridge Observatory. Those red streaks cascading down her flanks aren’t lava, they’re lahars.

3 comments

  1. 1
    rq

    O ye gods, there’s a giant hole in that mountain!!
    And I was absolutely flabbergasted – you mentioned a red waterfall in the one photo, and I looked, and there it was. Perfectly visible, and red! (No close-up shots, no?)

    Thanks for the awesome post – and the lit-up topographical map is beautiful.

    Also, this point:

    They’re more than letters carved into stone.

    You’ve certainly helped in that – made them far more than letters carved into stone. Thank you.

    What was also interesting (I have a little list here) is that picture pointing out the ages of the mountain? Yeah, most of it doesn’t seem to be all that old! Strangely enough. Or is that merely a factor of the things being pointed out?

    Thanks again.

  2. 2
    Trebuchet

    We visited last year, did the ranger talk and the whole bit. But I didn’t know about the scorch marks in the parking lot! That’s awesome, and frightening. Any possibility of a bigger version of the red waterfall picture? I think I see it, but am not sure.

  3. 3
    jane

    This post really brought back the memories for me. I did this trip in 2006 with my dad before he died several years later. It was a beautiful day like yours and the mountain had little puffs of steam. The trip was so memorable in so many respects but probably most of all because he had been a geologist on this mountain. The high point, at Johnston Ridge, was amazing, almost surreal. An unforgettable day.

    Thanks.

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