This is an eyewitness report of ecological renewal at the volcano that erupted 32 years ago. The event, advertised on Do Not Be Deceived.org, was organized with help from members of the Design Science Association of Portland and 7 Wonders Museum on highway 504 west of Mt. : The volcano is very stark, with most of the surroundings still highly impacted by the eruption 32 years ago.
There is a small stream flowing through it reached after a descent down Truman Trail, after 4.6 miles of hiking (requires off-trail permit).
What makes this little canyon fascinating and relevant to catastrophist geology is that we know exactly how and when it formed.
: The blast zone north of the volcano still looks very desolate, especially south of Johnston Ridge.
Fallen trees remain all over the hillsides many miles from the crater, bearing mute testimony to the power of the eruption that flattened virgin forest in seconds.
The main eruption on May 18, 1980 deposited a thick layer of landslide debris.
In June, a pyroclastic flow deposited 25 feet of sediments that show remarkable laminations at both large and small scales – a surprise to pre-eruption geological thinking.Ecologists were surprised at how quickly the lake rebounded, however. Trout were probably illegally reintroduced by a tourist, since it is questionable they could have found their way in naturally.They are doing well, after subsiding from record growth rates when first introduced into the uncompetitive environment. Austin, who personally researched the volcano in the weeks and years after its May 18, 1980 eruption and has hiked the area numerous times. Austin had even scuba-dived into Spirit Lake to view the patterns of tree deposition after sonar his team towed under a boat revealed trees sinking into the bottom in upright positions, analogous to the petrified forests of Specimen Ridge.Mudflow damage along this river is still visible for miles west Mt. In many ways (except for color) the 200′ deep canyon resembles its larger namesake: it has stratified layers, round-headed side canyons and sharp gullies entering from both sides.Truman and the others are fossilizing under tons of sediments.