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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.

Rumors of Mount St. Helens Being Extra Explodey Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

I'm so sorry if any bubbles get burst by this news, but Mount St. Helens isn't really more explosive than we thought. She's still pretty much the same. I mean, yeah, she'll erupt again. She's a young and active volcano. She has some growing to do. We might even get to see some hawt dome-building activity in our lifetimes, if we're really lucky. But she's most probably not going to suddenly become a supervolcano and wipe out Washington State.

November 24, 2015 — Dana Hunter

A Super-Sweet Lava Tube and Hawt Lahar Action at Mount Saint Helens

I'm about to show you one of the most delicious results of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount Saint Helens. But first, I need to introduce you to the South Side Approach! It's got some really incredible views and absolutely gorgeous examples of the volcano's eruptive history. You will love love love it!

October 30, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Castles, Kings and Ice: A Whirlwind Tour of Latvian Geology

Our own RQ tormented me a little bit this summer. She kept sending nifty tidbits of geology from her summer excursions in Latvia. And she's got lots! By popular demand*, we're going to have a super-swift overview of Latvian geologic yumminess, with the promise of more where that comes from

October 15, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Darwin's Encounter with a Chilean Earthquake

Last week, Chile suffered a massive magnitude 8.3 earthquake. You can read the USGS's summary here, and an overview of the science behind it here. Thanks to excellent earthquake preparedness, even a quake that massive followed by a fifteen-foot tsunami, while dealing quite a bit of damage, had a surprisingly low human toll. So far, just over a dozen people have been reported dead, and a handful are missing. It's remarkable that events that flattened buildings and left boats stranded ashore didn't hurt or kill more people, but Chile has been dealing with frequent, massive quakes for as long as people have lived there. They've learned to live with them as best as humans can. This is the power of stringent seismic building codes, strong emergency services networks, and an earthquake-aware populace.

September 23, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Live-Blogging Richard Waitt's In the Path of Destruction III: Eve of Destruction

In our last edition of ITPOD live-blogging, we watched the north flank of Mount Saint Helens bulge ominously. In this edition we'll watch people try very hard to go about their business despite the signs that the volcano isn't going to go quietly back to sleep. We'll be covering Chapter 5: You're Perfectly Safe Here, Aren't You? and Chapter 6: Totally Clear, No Activity. These are the last chapters before the spectacular May 18, 1980, eruption

September 21, 2015 — Dana Hunter

Magnificent Cascades Volcanoes Impress, Sometimes Worry, Geobloggers

At the risk of this blog becoming all volcanoes, all the time, I bring you... more volcanoes! Two of my favorite geobloggers wrote mustn't-miss posts on some of our Cascades volcanoes. They showcase the beauty and the danger we live with here in the Pacific Northwest. Anyone who lives near a bit of the earth that's prone to violently exploding knows the feels.

September 16, 2015 — Dana Hunter

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