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Mount St. Helens' Runaway Glacier: A time-lapse video of Crater Glacier's response to lava dome growth

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Title: Mount St. Helens' Runaway Glacier: A time-lapse video of Crater Glacier's response to lava dome growth


From 2005 to 2010, the U.S. Geological Survey-Cascades Volcano Observatory operated a remote camera on the northwest flank of Mount St. Helens. Looking into the crater, the camera captured hourly photographs of volcanic dome growth during the 2004-2008 eruption. The station also captured the advance of the west arm of Crater Glacier as it moved northeast around the 1980-1986 and 2004-2008 lava domes, joined with the east arm of the glacier, and pushed northward onto the crater floor. The time-lapse sequence links individual photographs to produce a video of the movement of Crater Glacier, showing the glacier's remarkable run-away response to volcanic dome growth.

Location: WA, Mount St. Helens, USA

Date Taken: 11/1/2005

Length: 2:12

Video Producer: Liz Westby , U.S. Geological Survey–Cascades Volcano Observatory

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Additional Video Credits:

For more information on Crater Glacier or the creation of the video, contact members of the U.S. Geological Survey–Cascades Volcano Observatory, Dan Dzurisin at, Carolyn Driedger at, or Liz Westby at


For more information go to: Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)

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