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Darwin: Geologist First and Last

(Happy Darwin Day! I figured today of all days would be a good one for reposting this from ETEV. It's been slightly updated and modified from the original, in case you already knew Charles Darwin was a geologist (because you've read David Bressan's post, right?...

February 10, 2013 — Dana Hunter

A Survivor's Tale: "Half the mountain exploding over our heads"

One thing I love about blogging is hearing from readers, especially readers who have intriguing tales to tell. A bit ago, Timo5150 left a tantalizing clue that one such tale might prove extra-intriguing: I was living just outside Randle Washington when it erupted, 20.2 miles from it...

February 1, 2013 — Dana Hunter

The Cataclysm: "I Was Just Instantly Buried"

A falling tent heralded catastrophe.Until the summer dry season comes, things in the Pacific Northwest are perpetually wet. Edward Smith and his companions, camped 18 kilometers (11 miles) north of Mount St...

January 24, 2013 — Dana Hunter

The Cataclysm: "A Boiling Mass of Rock"

For most survivors of Mount St. Helens's catastrophic lateral blast, the devastation was nearly silent. You would think that a wall of ash, hot gas and rock hurtling at a minimum of 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph), mangling vehicles and ripping down every tree in its path, would be loud, incredibly loud - but only one witness reported hearing much more than a rumbling sound...

January 10, 2013 — Dana Hunter

The Cataclysm: "That Whole Mountain Range Had Just Exploded"

A few seconds after the beginning of the directed blast, life within roughly ten kilometers (6.2 miles) of Mount St. Helens within the blast zone was about to be extinguished. "Directed blasts," Rick Hoblitt, Dan Miller, and James Vallance wrote in their 1981 paper on the blast deposits, "typically devastate large areas.....

December 13, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Tuesday Tune: "Pompeii"

One of my regulars over at ETEV pointed me toward this gorgeous E.S. Posthumus song, "Pompeii." In light of a recent Rosetta Stones post, it made sense to listen to it.

December 11, 2012 — Dana Hunter

How Pompeii Perished

I see you jumping up-and-down with your hand in the air, saying "Ooo! I know this one!" I see you, too, over there groaning, "Doesn't every body know?" And I see you, glowering, wanting your Mount St...

November 27, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Learning the Language of Rivers III: The River Sings

I'll tell you the moment I realized I'm a raging ignoramus when it comes to rivers, and that I really needed to educate myself. It was when Lockwood and I were mooching about Avery Park.We'd just had a nice dabble down by the Marys River.Other rivers had compelled me with beauty, power, and drama, but those had been operas: you're so sated by the performance that you don't realize you didn't understand a bloody word...

November 21, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Interlude: "Lateral Blasts of Great Force"

One of the most surprising aspects of the May 18th eruption of Mount St. Helens was the devastating lateral blast that ravaged such a large area. We'll be spending the next few posts on that subject...

November 8, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Learning the Language of Rivers II: The Basics

This post was originally published at En Tequila Es Verdad. For those who haven’t yet seen it – enjoy! ***The Marys River at Avery Park had me staring in incomprehension like a kid on the first day of a foreign language class...

November 6, 2012 — Dana Hunter

"Nothing Lasts, Eternal"

This month's Accretionary Wedge is all about geopoetry, and you'd think that an SF writer who's got a story that's about a poetry war could pull something off.

November 3, 2012 — Dana Hunter
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