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May 17, 2006
Carolyn Driedger 360-993-8973 driedger@usgs.gov
Don Becker 605-594-6175 becker@usgs.gov

Media Advisory: USGS Releases New B-Roll Tape: Eruption of Mount St. Helens 2004-2006: Instrumentation and Continuing Dome Growth IX, May 17, 2006

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing 14-minutes of new b-roll footage of Mount St. Helens, taken by staff at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO.) This b-roll is available by contacting Don Becker at USGS/EROS. A limited number of copies will be available for pick up at CVO after 9:45 a.m., May 17, 2006.

The b-roll footage shows very recent Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) thermal imaging of the dome growth including the extruding lava "spine", time-lapse photography of Mount St. Helens dome growth from two camera sites, and scientists working inside the crater and maintaining monitoring equipment. The b-roll tape is available in most formats and is intended for use by all media including news, television programming, independent production and the web.

Title: Eruption of Mount St. Helens 2004-2006: Instrumentation and Continuing Dome Growth IX, May 17, 2006
Release Date: May 17, 2006
GIP Code: 39
Produced by: Don Becker (USGS/EROS) & Matthew Logan (USGS, Cascades Volcano Observatory)
Footage: USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Staff
Run Time: 13 minutes, 43 seconds
Media: Multiple media formats are available

B-roll Contents:

Chapter 1: Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Thermal Imaging of 2004-2006 Dome and Surrounding Area of Deformation, April 04, 2006
Chapter 2: 2004-2006 Dome and Surrounding Area of Deformation, April 28, 2006
Chapter 3: Helicopter Collecting Rock Samples from the Actively Growing "Spine" April 28, 2006
Chapter 4: Helicopter Retrieval of GPS "Spider" from 1980-1986 Dome Using Grappling Hook, April 28, 2006
Chapter 5: Maintenance of "Brutus" Camera Located on East Crater Rim, April 28, 2006
Chapter 6: Aerial View of "Brutus" Camera Site Located on East Crater Rim, April 28, 2006
Chapter 7: Time-lapse Photography Showing Growth of Extruding Lava "Spine" at a Rate of ~ 1mm/minute, April 28, 2006
Chapter 8: Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Thermal Imaging of the Actively Extruding Lava "Spine", May 04, 2006
Chapter 9: Time-lapse Photography of Dome Growth Viewed from "Brutus" Camera Site Located on the East Crater Rim, September 15, 2005 to May 10, 2006
Chapter 10: Time-lapse Photography of 2004-2006 Dome Growth Viewed From "Sugarbowl" Camera Site, November 10, 2004 to May 10, 2006

USGS volcano scientists will also be on-hand at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to answer questions and explain elements of the ongoing eruption between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18. Scientists are also available to answer media questions and conduct interviews at the Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, Washington (360-993-8973.)


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