New website tracks the rebirth of the land around Mount St. Helens

Staff reportMay 19, 2013 

This is a screen shot of the new Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center website.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens Institute have unveiled an interactive multimedia website — mshslc.org — to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the May 18, 1980, eruption.

“It’s great to have an opportunity to extend the educational impact of our award-winning exhibits and share this special place with students, teachers and volcano enthusiasts,” Bob Varner, acting manager of Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, said in a statement. “Online learning is an important part of the Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center’s effort to share the wonders of nature through science, the arts and adventure recreation.”

The website intends to tell the story of nature’s destruction and renewal by combining scientist stories and photographs with supporting FAQs, links and educational materials, according to a news release. The website is a collaborative effort between volcano scientists and educators, and partners Second Story Interactive Studios and Gravitate.

The website includes photo series that show the regrowth of forests blown down by the force of the eruption, a recap of the 2004-08 eruption and tips for visiting the monument.

“If you can’t make it to the volcano to experience the power of nature firsthand, our website is the next best thing,” monument scientist Peter Frenzen said in the statement. “It’s exciting to share the excitement of science discovery and the amazing story of Mount St. Helens with so many people.”

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