Mount St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens
Mount St. Helens Fieldtrip
Sunday October 3, 2010
9:00AM - 5PM
October 3th, 2010 -
(president of the
Institute for Creation Research)
is leading a 1-day educational field
trip of Mount St. Helens following
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.
MUST preregister for this event ($35
per person / $105 per family).
Bring a sack-lunch. We will eat before leaving
Bring the cost of admission to the Johnston Ridge Observatory ($8
Adult Pass / Free for ages 15 and under)
will not be organized by the NWCN.
Tentative Trip Itinerary
- 9:00 AM Meet at Mount St.
Helens Creation Museum 4749 Spirit Lake Highway Silverlake, WA.
- 9:15 AM John Morris
seminar (Mount St. Helens)
- 10:15 AM Drive to Johnston
Ridge Observatory (42 mi –
about 49 minutes)
- 11:15 AM Teaching by
John and self-guided tour
of Johnston Ridge Observatory
- 12:00 LUNCH
- 1:00 PM Group hike
- ~3:30 PM Return
Meeting time and location?
Mount St. Helens
4749 Spirit Lake Highway
Silverlake, WA. 98645
Map and Directions
For more info: Call Chris Ashcraft
St. Helens is an active
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
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.
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.
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.
Read more at CreationWiki
Creation Mount St. Helens
in the Ash
John Morris and
Steven A. Austin. 128 page hardcover.
Purchase book online
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
• Discover how the eruption of Mount St. Helens helps to explain Noah’s
• 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
• 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
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
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,
• Relive the 1980 eruption.
• Observe geologic structures formed rapidly (strata, canyons, log
• 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.
and DVD Online