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Mount St Helens, 1980-2018: the changing geographies of a volcanic eruption

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Hosted by the Nottingham branch of the Geographical Association - School of Education and School of Geography

Mount St Helens, 1980-2018: the changing geographies of a volcanic eruption

Presented by Professor Colin Thorne, School of Geography and Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, University of Nottingham


At 8:30 am on the morning of May 18, 1980 the explosive eruption of Mount St Helens took the lives of 57 people, devastated an area of 665 km2, emitted a plume of volcanic ash that rose over 24 km and encircled Earth within 15 days, and sent huge volcanic mudflows (Lahars) along river valleys - destroying everything in their path. Such was the impact of these events that, 38 years later, the physical, human and environmental geographies of the region are still affected. This talk describes the May 1980eruption, explains why its impacts have been so long-lasting, and discusses what should be done to assist physical, social, economic and environmental recovery in the region.

Professor Colin Thorne is one of the UK’s leading expert in flooding. His expertise covers flood management, rivers and river management, including rehabilitation and restoration for environmental enhancement and rivers and development issues in South America, Africa and Asia.

School teachers are encouraged to bring A level students. Refreshments will be provided after the lecture.

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