Astronaut Jeff Williams captured this panoramic video while the International Space Station moved over Mt. St. Helens in Washington State. In 1980, the north side of the volcano was blown off in a lateral blast eruption, leaving a gap on the north edge of the crater. In this frame you can clearly see the broken crater wall, along with channels carving downward into the newly-deposited ash layers. Spirit Lake, along with trees that arrived in the lake during the avalanche associated with the eruption, can be viewed at the upper left of the video. Inside the crater a small lava dome, made of the same magma that caused the 1980 explosion, began extruding in 2004 and can be clearly made out. Along the edge of the dome, a new glacier is forming.
Went hiking today! It was absolutely breath taking. We got rained on while coming down but that wasn’t to bad.
Apparently my friend and I looked like a picture out of a magazine sitting eating our lunch by the side of the lake (at the time the older couple who told us this saw it we were the only ones sitting there).
Well well worth the two and a half hour drive to the trail head. This was a farther trail head but I really do love having the Rockies so close.
12km hike round trip and gained 455 meters in elevation. My quads, hips, and calves ache now so clearly I need to do more hill work 😥