Fourth Tuesday Video - October 2004

Fire Mountain: The Eruption and Rebirth of Mount St. Helens

Since Mount St. Helens is in the news, we have decided to show “Fire Mountain: the Eruption and Rebirth of Mount St. Helens” at our next meeting, October 26, 7:30 PM, at the Ridgecrest Public Library.

This National Park Service video, with its evolutionary bias, does not specifically mention how the geological features formed by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens are more consistent with creationist explanations than evolutionary explanations. But it does accurately describe what happened, and the viewer can draw the obvious conclusions.

Mount St. Helens is an outstanding example of how apparently old, stratified rock can be formed by mud and ash flows. Observations at Mount St. Helens showed rapid erosion of canyons. Analysis of the fresh lava in the crater showed that the assumption that all argon escapes from lava when it erupts is false, explaining why potassium argon dating of lava is unreliable.

Mount St. Helens may be about to teach us more about correct geologic interpretation of rock formations. Scientists may be about to witness a rare demonstration of natural forces at work. This month’s video is a timely reminder of what we have learned, and what we should watch for in the future.

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