July 10, 2012 | David F. Coppedge

Volcano Tour Planned

A key researcher of the catastrophic geology at Mt. St. Helens is leading hikes on the volcano next month.

Dr. Steve Austin, well known creation geologist whose studies have taken him to Alaska, Grand Canyon, Argentina and Israel, spent years studying the rapid geologic processes that were evident after the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  He even did scuba dives to the bottom of Spirit Lake to study the vertical emplacement of trees on the bottom, and discovered a 1/40 scale Grand Canyon cut in a day by a mudflow.  He also found where fine and coarse laminations in a cliff were deposited in days, not in tens of thousands of years.

Dr. Austin will be returning to the volcano August 3-4 to lead two instructional hikes for those interested.  Since most visitors cannot get permits for the areas on the tour, this is a rare opportunity to gain hands-on understanding of volcanology with a field geologist who was influential in reviving catastrophism in geology, and has inspired many to rethink the secular geological timescale.  The hikes are expected to be vigorous, so a certain level of physical fitness is required.

Information can be found on this website.

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