November 21, 2007 | David F. Coppedge

Mt. St. Helens Rebuilding Fast

Could Mt. St. Helens grow back to its pre-1980 size in just 180 years?  That’s what an article in the Tacoma, Washington News Tribune says.  The lava dome is growing fast, and so is a glacier inside the crater.  It is growing 3 feet per day.  The lava dome split the glacier because it was “growing by a pickup truckload of lava every two seconds.”

Yes, it may be growing fast now, children, but before there were scientists to observe it, it took millions and millions of years.

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