The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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Mount St. Helens is a volcano in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state and for decades had been a favorite destination for local outdoor enthusiast without receiving much attention from outside the state. This treasured anonymity, as well as the serenity of the surrounding forests, was shattered the morning of May 18, 1980 at 8:31 a.m. with a cataclysmic eruption that had a devastating effect on nearby communities as well as forests, lakes and rivers.
The story of that eruption has been told throughout the world by news broadcasts, newspapers, books, magazines and television specials. Instead of anonymity, the mountain today receives a steady stream of visitors throughout the year. The mountain, as well as thousands of acres of adjacent slopes, streams, lakes and forests, have been given the status of a National Monument. State Highway (SR) 504 now also carries the name "Spirit Lake Memorial Highway". Several visitor centers also have been built to let the public see first hand the mountain, the result of its eruption and the amazing comeback of all forms of plant and animal life.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens by Steve Olson. Learn the history and science of one of the largest eruptions and the effects of the aftermath through personal stories and accounts of those caught in the disaster. Illustrations and maps enable a greater understanding of this tragic event. Order now...
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens by Craig Romano and Aaron Theison. This Mountaineers Book features every trail within and around the monument. Hikes are arranged by regions with trail descriptions, directions to trailheads and difficulty ratings along with other useful information and photographs. Order now...
Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary Edition: The Eruption and Recovery of a Volcano by Rob Carson. Along with remarkable before-and-after images, this 35th-anniversary retrospective captures the human drama leading up to the eruption and two decades of subsequent scientific research of the amazing post-blast ecological recovery. Order now...
A Falcon Guide to Mount St. Helens: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors by Fred Barstad. This book is a comprehensive guide to this world-renowned attraction, with a close-up look at the destruction and recovery of the area. The guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area, recreational opportunities, and historical, geological, and natural exhibits. Order now...
In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens by Charles Goodrich, Kathleen Dean Moore and Frederick Swanson. This book presents a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on the mountain's history of cataclysm and renewal. Discover the gifts of beauty, scientific illumination and of hope. Order now...
Portrait of Mount St. Helens: A Changing Landscape by Chuck Williams (Author) and Stuart Warren (Contributor). View the grandeur and the intimate detail of this beloved mountain as seen by 19th-century painters and pioneers as well as contemporary photographers. Order now...
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