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Mount St. Helens Fieldtrip

Sunday October 3, 2010
9:00AM - 5PM
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Mount St. Helens after the eruption

October 3th, 2010 - John Morris (president of the Institute for Creation Research) is leading a 1-day educational field trip of Mount St. Helens following our conference. Join us to learn how this event helped us better understand how catastrophic processes work, leading to a better comprehension of how the global flood of Noah shaped the Earth's rock record.

The field trip will involve a seminar by John at the Creation Museum of Mount St. Helens and on-site teaching by John at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Willing participants will then take an easy 2 mile hike.

Participant Obligations:

  • Participants MUST preregister for this event ($35 per person / $105 per family).

  • Bring a sack-lunch. We will eat before leaving Johnston Ridge.

  • Bring the cost of admission to the Johnston Ridge Observatory ($8 Adult Pass / Free for ages 15 and under)

  • Transportation arrangements will not be organized by the NWCN.

Tentative Trip Itinerary

  1. 9:00 AM Meet at Mount St. Helens Creation Museum 4749 Spirit Lake Highway Silverlake, WA. 98645. (map and directions)
  2. 9:15 AM John Morris seminar (Mount St. Helens)
  3. 10:15 AM Drive to Johnston Ridge Observatory (42 mi – about 49 minutes)
  4. 11:15 AM Teaching by John and self-guided tour of Johnston Ridge Observatory
  5. 12:00 LUNCH
  6. 1:00 PM Group hike (location TBD)
  7. ~3:30 PM Return

Meeting time and location?

9:00 AM
Mount St. Helens Creation Museum
4749 Spirit Lake Highway
Silverlake, WA. 98645

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206-465-1635


Background

Mount St. Helens is an active volcano in Washington, USA (the most active in the Cascade Range). Its most recent series of eruptions began in 1980 when a large landslide and powerful explosive eruption created a large crater, and ended 6 years later after more than a dozen extrusions of lava built a dome in the crater. Larger, longer lasting eruptions have occurred in the volcano's past and are likely to occur in the future. Although the volcano seems to have returned to a period of quiet, scientists closely monitor Mount St. Helens for signs of renewed activity.

The eruption at Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980 was an important geological event because we observed and documented large-scale catastrophic processes, which are extremely rare occurrences. For creation science, the event was most notable because of the rapid deposition and erosion that provided a sizable model of the type of activity likely to have taken place during the great Biblical global flood of Noah. The work done at the volcano during its eruption by geologist, Steven Austin, et. al. to document this event is a highly recommended study.

Rapid deposition

Stratified layers up to 400 feet thick formed as a result of landslides, pyroclastic flows, mudflows, etc., during the Mt. St. Helens eruption. Fine laminae from only a millimeter thick to more than a meter high formed in just a few seconds each. A deposit more than 25 feet in thickness, and containing upwards of 100 thin layers accumulated in just one day on June 12, 1980. Naturalists have long claimed that stratified layer such as those found in the geological column have accumulated over vast periods of time, and that such layers represent season variations. However, the Mt. St. Helens deposits have demonstrated that catastrophic processes are able to create these geological formations in a short period of time.

Rapid erosion

Perhaps the most remarkable catastrophic events to have occurred at Mt. St. Helens was the rapid erosion that was accomplished by mudflows, landslides, and waves of water. On March 19, 1982 a small eruption melted the snow that had accumulated in the crater over the winter, and a resulting hot mud flow carved a system of canyons up to 140 feet deep and 17 miles long in a single day. The deepest of the canyons has affectionately been called the little Grand Canyon of the Toutle River, and is 1/40th the size of its namesake. The small creek that now flows through the bottom would appear to have carved this canyon over a great length of time, but this unique event has demonstrated that rapid catastrophic processes were instead responsible. The Grand Canyon in Arizona has also been claimed for some time to have been carved gradually by the Colorado River, but it is now becoming clear this American icon is as well the result of catastrophic erosion.

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Creation Mount St. Helens Resources

 

Footprints in the Ash

by John Morris and Steven A. Austin. 128 page hardcover.

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The eruption of Mount St. Helens helps us to understand many processes that occurred during the Genesis Flood. These processes include rapid erosion and deposition of stratified sediments, including strata with fine laminations; the precursor sediments for coal; rapid canyon formation; the origin of “fossil forests;” and many others. Footprints in the Ask - contains abundant photographs and is written for the layman.

• Discover how the eruption of Mount St. Helens helps to explain Noah’s flood!
• A fascinating pictorial review of the 1980 volcanic eruption that shocked the world!
• Displays a visual outdoor laboratory with geological lessons
• Provides observable evidence for a young earth
• An encouraging teaching tool for biblical creationists
• Shows how God’s creation adapted to this natural disaster through a recovered ecosystem
• Teaches proper insight on the subject of death and suffering

In the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption and the subsequent glacier slide and mudflows, there remained a geologic gold mine for earth scientists. No natural disasters in recent history could compare with the variety of processes which resulted from this tectonic and volcanic event.

As creation scientists have carefully studied this geological phenomenon, they have concluded that Mount St. Helens accomplished the same sort of geologic work that biblical creationists attribute to Noah’s flood. While this explosion was certainly much smaller in scale and intensity, many lessons were learned through this occurrence that help us understand the unobservable past.

Journey back to this catastrophic event with scientists Dr. Steve Austin and Dr. John Morris and see what was discovered as they reconstruct the sequence of earthquakes, eruptions, avalanches, mudflows, and other geologic processes and unveil their fascinating research findings!
 



Mt. St. Helens: Explosive Evidence for Catastrophe

58 minute DVD

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Geologist Steve Austin, Ph.D. shares the exciting results of his explorations on Mount St. Helens and its adjacent Spirit Lake. You will view spectacular and unique photography of the volcano and its after-effects. Along with thousands of other scientists and educated professionals, Dr. Austin is convinced that the Biblical Flood is reliable and is vital to a true understanding of history, its purpose, and destiny.

• Relive the 1980 eruption.
• Observe geologic structures formed rapidly (strata, canyons, log deposits, etc.).
• Apply what is seen to understand the origins of other geologic features (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, coal deposits, etc.).
• Contemplate the significance of the volcano to our views of Earth, Noah's Flood, man and God.

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