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Steam-blast (phreatic) eruption from the summit crater of Mount St....

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Steam-blast eruption from summit crater of Mount St. Helens. Aerial view, April 6, looking southwest, showing a roiling, gray-brown, ash-laden cloud that envelops and almost completely hides an initial fingerlike ash column, and an upper white cloud formed by atmospheric condensation of water vapor in the convectively rising top of the eruptive column. Image and caption taken from Professional Paper 1250 and not scanned from original slide.