Before May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens, a stratovolcano in southern Washington State, looked like many of the other high peaks in the Cascade Volcanic Arc: conical, steep, and snow-covered. But after that day's eruption, which moved nearly a cubic mile of debris from the peak down to the Toutle River and Spirit Lake, the landscape was grey and dead for miles around. The mountain lost 1300' of elevation, and the top became a crater a mile wide. The area was made a U.S. National Monument in 1982, hikers were allowed back on the summit in 1986. Though forests were knocked down and covered with grey ash and pumice, vegetation has made a surprising and resilient recovery, making the valley glow green in spring.
This model shows the post-eruption terrain, with its unmistakable open-sided crater and lava dome. In addition, hikers will recognize the top portion of Monitor Ridge and Shoestring Glacier. Other features on this model are Crescent Ridge and the head of the South Fork of the Toutle River to the West, part of Studebaker Ridge to the North, and Windy Pass to the Northeast. Simply put, two-dimensional maps cannot convey the magnitude of the eruption, but holding this piece in your hands, you just might begin to understand.
Model scale is 1:70000
Model covers an area approximately 4.4 by 4.4 miles
Altitudes covered: 3250' to 8337'
There is never any vertical exaggeration in TinyMtn models.
This TinyMtn model is in Shapeways' "Ceramic" material, which consists of 3D-printed clay with binder, which is then hand-glazed and fired. When you receive the model it will be ready for display. "Ceramic" models are understandably brittle, even more than either the "Sandstone" or "White Strong and Flexible" models. You can get it wet, leave it outside, and you don't need to seal it. Read more about this beautiful material here.
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
Source of digital elevation data: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/