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Photo of MSH from Johnston Ridge

Eruptions of Mount St. Helens: Past, Present, and Future

by Robert I. Tilling, Lyn Topinka, and Donald A. Swanson

Version 1.01


Cover photograph: Steam plume rises from lava dome growing inside the large, amphitheater-like crater formed during the catastrophic eruption of May 18, 1980. Spirit Lake is in foreground (Photograph taken on May 19, 1982, by Lyn Topinka).

Title page photograph: View of Mount St. Helens from Johnston Ridge on May 17, 1980 (Photograph by Harry Glicken).


This book was originally published in paper form in 1984. It was revised in 1990 and reprinted in 1993.


Many of the images in this book are available in high resolution from the USGS Media for Science page.

It is for sale from:

U.S. Government Printing Office
Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SSOP
Washington, DC 20402-9328

or it can be ordered directly from the U.S. Geological Survey:

USGS Information Services
Box 25286, Building 810
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225
303-202-4700; Fax 303-202-4693

The online edition contains all text from the original book in its entirety.
Some figures, however, have been modified to enhance legibility at screen resolutions.

Illustrations are in GIF and JPEG format.


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Last updated: 03.19.02