August 7 - Mt. St. Helens Volcano
Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
70Trip End Sep 25, 2011
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(Entry by Madison)
Today we visited Mount Saint Helens National Monument. Mount St. Helens is important because it is the last active volcano in the US. Mt. St. Helens is special for many reasons, and I'm going to tell you three major ones: 1) it is very educational, 2) it has great views, and 3) it is a National Monument.
I think the most important reason is that it is educational. It is educational because you can learn about volcanoes and how you can tell if a volcano is about to erupt. An interesting story that I think is also educational is about a man named Harry Truman. The story goes something like this: The scientists knew that a volcano was coming and they were trying to evacuate everyone. Harry Truman was a 50 year old man who owned a lodge on Spirit Lake, which is the closest lake to the volcano. Harry lived in the lodge all his life and he refused to leave it. During the eruption, the lodge was wiped out by the volcanic ash. Neither Harry or his lodge was seen again!
Another important feature for a National Monument is beauty. Both the volcano and the forest around it is very beautiful and a great place to visit. However, if you plan to visit it you want to check the weather first because it can be very foggy like the day we were there!
Finally, I learned how a volcano erupts. There are actually many different reasons for a volcano to erupt, and Mt. St. Helens erupted because there were several large earthquakes under it which caused the magma to rise. One side of the volcano started to expand as the magma pressure grew, and scientists know that an eruption was coming. The eruption came, and it completely changed the landscape.
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