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Time-lapse images of Mount St. Helens dome growth 2004-2008

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Title: Time-lapse images of Mount St. Helens dome growth 2004-2008


The rapid onset of unrest at Mount St. Helens on September 23, 2004 initiated an uninterrupted lava-dome-building eruption that continued until 2008. The initial phase produced rapid growth of a lava dome as magma pushed upward. As shown in the video, an initial succession of lava spines, two recumbent and one steeply sloping, grew to nearly 500 m in length before disintegrating into mounds of rubble. The trajectory of lava extrusion was affected by the geometry of the crater, particularly the proximity of the vent to the south crater wall, and by the growing volume of erupted material.

Location: Mount St. Helens, WA, USA

Date Taken: 1/1/2008

Length: 1:26

Video Producer: Liz Westby , U.S. Geological Survey-CVO

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Video producer: Liz Westby ( Images captured by a remote camera station on Mount St. Helens were processed by Dan Dzurisin, Dan Gooding and Matt Logan in 2008. Secondary processing and re-release of the video was completed by Liz Westby in 2013.

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