New map poster offers a bird’s-eye view of Mount St. Helens

In recognition of Volcano Awareness Month in Washington State, the Washington Geological Survey (WGS), with support from the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), has released a new map poster: ‘Mount St. Helens: A Mountain Reborn’.

Mount St. Helens: A Mountain Reborn

The map features a bird’s-eye view of the volcano that famously erupted on May 18, 1980. That eruption instantly transformed the glacier-capped volcano and its surrounding forests and lakes into an unrecognizable landscape, permanently altering its physical form and catastrophically disrupting its mountain ecosystem. In the years and decades that followed, however, streams carved new paths through the volcanic deposits, the volcano grew bulky lava domes, and within the steep crater walls, a new glacier was born. Today, plants and animals have repopulated the lakes and lands around the volcano and life is once again flourishing. This poster shows several examples of Mount St. Helens’ transformation; its metamorphosis through time demonstrating the resilience of nature and life.

Places featured on the poster.

The map is currently available as a free, 36 x 24 inch poster, and can be picked up at the Washington Geology Library in Olympia. You can also look for the poster later this summer at Mount St. Helens-area visitor centers. For digital versions, there is a high-resolution image of the map here, or a pdf of it here. We are also releasing the stand-alone, high-resolution background image from the map.

The high-resolution background is also available to download.

Map by Daniel E. Coe, Washington Geological Survey, Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

You may use these images for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, with or without modification, as long as you attribute us. For attribution please use ‘Image from the Washington Geological Survey (Washington State DNR)’ if it’s a direct reproduction, or ‘Image modified from the Washington Geological Survey (Washington State DNR)’ if there has been some modification.

Special thanks to Maria Furtney of the WGS, Dr. Jon Major, Dr. Heather M. Wright, Adam R. Mosbrucker, and Joseph A. Bard of the USGS, Kristine Cochrane of the U.S. Forest Service, Abigail Groskopf of the Mount St. Helens Institute, and Alysa Adams of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for their invaluable reviews of the map.

Go here to learn more about volcanic hazards in Washington.