Spirit Lake and the Mountain

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Comments (5)

MAYAAMON on October 5, 2010


Hank Waxman on October 7, 2010

What great perspective you've achieved here Dana. Are those logs somehow the result of the Mt. St. Helen's eruption? If not, what are they doing there?

Good work,


Dana Jensen on October 8, 2010

These logs are what remains of the trees that were on the surrounding hillsides. After the blast flattened and scorched the forest, the landslide followed. The force of the landslide hitting the lake caused the water to rush up the hillsides. When the water rushed back down the hill, it collected thousands of dead trees, pulling them into the lake, which was now several hundred feet higher up, because of the deposited debris. These logs have been floating in the lake since that day in 1980.

will8liz on November 5, 2013

So are there any plans to remove this debris, or are the logs just going to float there til they rot and sink to the bottom?

will8liz on November 5, 2013

And how is/will/are the log pile up affecting the lake and its future?

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 4, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Dana Jensen
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
    • Taken on 2010/09/13 14:48:45
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/800)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash