Mt. St. Helens Destruction, a Photo Gallery.

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The three images in this table, taken from the north side of the mountain, illustrate the force of the May 18 eruption. Where a beautiful, symmetrical mountain rose, only a massive crater remains. The blast that decapitated the mountain destroyed the pristine forests north of the peak and filled Spirit lake with debris.

This telephoto view shows the jagged rim surrounding the new crater.

The panorama image below combines five images taken from the same tripod position. You can also view a high resolution version of this image (317K, 1960 x 550 pixels) in a new browser window. The panorama also serves as an image map. Clicking parts of the image will open higher resolution files of the individual photographs in new windows.

Although sheltered from the blast by the hill on the left, most of the trees there were nonetheless felled by the tremendous force of the explosion, and all of them were killed by the searing heat. The direction of the fallen trees indicates the location of the mountain. These images were taken five years after the eruption.

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Read about all the Cascade volcanoes in my article: The Volcanoes of the Cascades:
Majestic and Perilous Natural Wonders Crown the Pacific Northwest Landscape

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Specializing in archaeology, ruins, rock art, and landscape photo stock and graphic design.
Focus areas include the Andes, Peru, Mexico, the American Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest.

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