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Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mount St. Helens
On May 18, 1980, a violent eruption blew the top off Mount St. Helens. A landslide covered 24 square miles around, clouds of ash blew up fifteen miles in the air, hot pumice poured down the volcano, heat from the volcano melted snow, causing huge mud flows that roared down the valley. Instead of a snow-covered peak, it was now a crater two miles long and 2,000 ft deep, and the mountain was a lot shorter. Travel to Mount St. Helens where kids can see the results of a recent and very active volcano.
    Westside
    Southside
   

Tip: For the west side of Mount St. Helens, follow Route 504 to the end of the road at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which has the best view of the volcano. The road ends at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, you'll have to return the way you came.

      To get to the south side, from Interstate 5, take Route 503 east through Cougar, and follow signs to Ape Cave.
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Will It Blow? mount st helens volcanoes kids books  
Will It Blow?
Elizabeth Rusch, K.E. Lewis

Become a volcano detective at Mount St. Helens – sniff out trouble brewing from past eruptions, track down clues such as earthquakes, passing gas, suspicious bulges, hot spots. Engaging and fun! (Activity book)

 

     
Volcanoes!
Eric Arnold, Doug Knutson

Kids can read for themselves about what happened when Mount St. Helens blew its top in 1980 – massive landslide, explosion of ash and rock, a family trapped in their house. (Easy reader)

 

 
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