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Photo Finish – Volcano Day!
I am starting a new column head: Photo Finish! I started in journalism as a Navy operational photographer and photojournalist. Although writing is the center of my life now, I still think of myself as a photographer first. Now and then I want to show off what’s I’ve done…and what I can do with a camera.
Today’s first “Photo Finish” is a celebration of the five volcanoes here in Washington State. These magnificent mountains are amazing structures that also pose a continued threat to this corner of North America. The Cascade Mountains extend from California northward through Oregon, Washington State, and up into Canada. The volcanoes are fueled by the ongoing subduction of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate under the North American plate.
Mount St. Helens is one of the most famous due to its major eruption in 1980, but if any of the other four go off (especially Mount Rainier), a very large swatch of Washington State will be in danger. However, there is currently no major activity at any of these volcanoes. Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens are both two of the most heavily monitored volcanoes in the world, but a close is kept on Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak.
Grab some coffee, put your feet up, and take a moment to explore these incredible peaks that testify to the dynamic planet we live on!