Photographer's Note

Taken from our airplane as we passed over Mount St. Helens in Washington.

Mount St. Helens is most famous for an eruption that occurred on May 18, 1908. It was the most deadly volcanic eruption in United States History.

This volcano is in the Cascade Range in Skamania County, Washington. It's about 100 miles south of Seattle and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon.

During the 1980 eruption, the top was literally blown off the mountain which left the mile wide crater you can see here.

Lately the volcano has begun to rumble again. On July 2nd of 2005, only a couple days before this photo was taken a tip of the mountain fell off. It sent ash several hundred meters into the air. The feature that fell was the 'whaleback' feature which was extruded as hard lava continued to push up from underneath.

If you're interested in such things the National Park Service offers a 'Volcano Cam' on their website. The url is:

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