Here are yet more delights I found for you whilst spelunking the USGS photo database. The May 18th and its aftermath presented us with some really spectacular photo opportunities, and we've a long way to go before we've enjoyed them all.
This is one of the more cheerful of the early maps drawn depicting the damage wot Mount St. Helens wrought.
Mount St. Helens in eruption on May 18th. I'm quite fascinated by how straight a slice was taken off the top of the volcano. Aside from the notch in the north, it's almost like someone took a machete and lopped off the summit. I hope that somewhere in the remainder of Professional Paper 1251, someone explains why.
Here's a rather nice view of Mount St. Helens's truncated top, showing where all the glaciers are. The poor buggers were basically beheaded when the mountain blew.
Some absolutely luscious erosion in the blast deposits. Check out those enormous trees being unearthed!
You'll all be glad to know that, although I came to the end of the results from my original search term, I just uncovered about a thousand more photos by using a different search term. So you're all gonna be getting images of Mount St. Helens for some time.
Avalanche lilies growing in a channel eroded into volcanic deposits. It's amazing how those delicate little things thrived in so much destruction.
A confirmed adorer of the good science of rock-breaking, Dana Hunter explores geology with an emphasis on volcanic processes, geology news, and the intersection of science and society. Her home away from SciAm is Dana Hunter's Unconformity