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Mt. St. Helens Topic Of Program

Museum offers look at anniversary

William E. Scott, geologist, will be speaking at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. on the topic "Mt. St. Helens Eruptions -- Past, Present & Future."

The public is reminded this is the 28th anniversary of the major eruption of May 18, 1980.

Scott has worked with the US Geological Survey in Denver, Colo. and in Vancouver since 1974 and will base his presentation on years of research and experience.

His major projects include surficial-geologic and fault studies of Eastern Snake River Plan, Idaho and Wasatch Front, Utah.

In addition, he has worked on volcanic history, eruptive process, and volcanic hazard studies in central Oregon and at Mount Hood. He has been on site studying the eruptive processes and hazards at erupting volcanoes such as Mt. St. Helens, (1980-present), Redoubt Volcano in Alaska (1989-90); Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines (1991-92); and Soufriere Hills, Montserrat, West Indies (1997).

He was scientist in charge at USGS's Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver from 1997 to 2003 and has now returned to project work in the Cascades and Alaska. He received his PH.D. in geological sciences from the University of Washington.

On permanent display in the museum is a collection of photographs by Ed McLarney of the devastating 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption. McLarney was the editor The Skamania County Pioneer newspaper at the time. In his efforts to keep on top of the story, McLarney has a few dramatic stories to tell if you could only get him to do so.

Scott's program is just one in a series that are scheduled for the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. in the DeGroote Theatre.

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