On Friday, April 20th I
attended a geography/geology workshop for teachers, and once again I was in
awe of our amazing earth. We studied minerals (not the ones we eat in our
vitamins), rocks, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanoes. We participated in
activities to show seismic waves from earthquakes using ourselves along with
really long slinkies.
In the Lower Mainland we often talk
about being prepared for earthquakes, but are you prepared for a volcanic
eruption? Mount Baker is known as the sleeping giant. It is an active
volcano that last erupted in the 1800s. However, in the late 1970s it
released gases and hot fluids to remind us it is still active.
If Mount Baker erupted, the hazards of
greatest concern would be landslides, lahars (mud flows), and the filling of
river valleys with sediment. The melting of the glaciers on Mount Baker
would cause massive flooding in the Fraser Valley. Depending on the time of
year and the direction of the wind, we could also be covered in volcanic
The next time you are driving east on a
sunny day, admire Mount Baker and remember it is an active volcano!
Pictures of Mount Baker
Information on the volcano Mount Baker
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