Worlds of fire and ice

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Growing up in Portland, Oregon, I have always loved the mountains. The Cascade Range runs the length of the western horizon there and on clear days (a rarity in the Pacific Northwest) it’s dominated by two giant mountains: Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. Mt. Hood is the biggest and closest, but I loved Mt. St. Helens as a kid, because its perfect cone matched my ideas of what a mountain should be. So when small earthquakes began to rock the mountain in earlyl980 I started drawing daily pictures of the peak in my school notebook. On the first day, I remember something dark stained the summit. Within a week a small crater had formed and was eventually joined by another. On clear days from my house, I could see steam rising into the sky.


Small Earthquake Small Crater Perfect Cone Giant Mountain Western Horizon 


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Further reading

  1. Volcanic Worlds: Exploring the Solar System’s Volcanoes ed. Rosaly M.C. Lopes and Tracy K.P. Gregg (2004) Springer-Praxis, ISBN 3540004319Google Scholar
  2. Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park by Greg Breining (2007) Voyageur Press, ISBN 9780760329252Google Scholar
  3. Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks by Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel (2000) Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195105974Google Scholar
  4. Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America’s First National Park by Peter H. Hassrick (2002) University of Washington Press, ISBN 0295981733Google Scholar

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