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Naming Mount St. Helens new dome confusing
Seattle-PI ^ | Nov 24, 2004 | SHANNON DININNY

Posted on 11/24/2004 2:04:17 PM PST by microgood

YAKIMA, Wash. -- That whaddyacallit that's growing on Mount St. Helens - what DO you call it? Even Shakespeare himself might have trouble figuring out what's in a name.

It's been called the "blister," "wart," "thing" and "lobe" since it appeared last month in the crater of the reanimated Mount St. Helens volcano. One researcher referred to it as "an uplift," before most everyone in the know agreed it must be a dome.

Naming the dome - now about the size of an aircraft carrier - could be another matter altogether. In one meeting, a scientist threw out a suggestion: 21st Century Dome.

Even the scientists thought that one was awful, Jeff Wynn of the U.S. Geological Survey said with a chuckle: "When he said that, everybody sort of applauded - but with sarcasm."

And some say scientists aren't creative.

In 1792, British explorer George Vancouver named the mountain for a countryman, diplomat Baron St. Helens. American Indians in the region referred to the mountain as Loo-Wit Lat-kla or Louwala-Clough, meaning fire mountain or smoking mountain.

The mountain erupted violently in 1980, killing 57 people and shrouding much of the Northwest in volcanic ash. A six-year period of small, natural dome-building eruptions followed, leaving researchers to study the mountain and its growth.

During that time, scientists assigned hundreds of unofficial names to geographic features on the mountain as they performed measurements. The points were usually temporary, destroyed during the volcano's activity.

Temporary or not, scientists clearly aimed to have the features remembered.

People's names were used regularly, including Agnes, Bertha and Blanche. Animals from antelope to zebra rested on the mountain in various forms. A gigantic boulder was affectionately termed Federal Building, with nearby points named Acid and Pot.

One researcher called a point B.O. - after an unsavory co-worker perhaps? And the Dumb location surely had a story behind it.

From Bugga Bugga to Jailhouse Rock, Polly Purebred to X-Lox, scientists have proven they have a sense of humor - even if the public doesn't see it, said Richard Waitt, geologist with the USGS.

They're just whimsical, he said.

"We're often accused of being unimaginative," he said. "It's probably partly the nature of being scientists."

But scientists aren't unimaginative, just practical, Waitt said. In the case of an emergency, the name of a geographic site should be straight forward and simple.

That underscores the serious nature of naming geographic points, said Grant Smith, a member of the Washington State Board on Geographic Names. The seven-member board approves official names for lakes, mountains, streams and other geographic features in the state.

Names provide a standardized reference point for commerce and rescue operations, but everybody gets into the business of naming when they get interested in something, he said.

"That's what naming does, it reflects the interest," he said. "The sense of community, identity, who we are, what we are."

A glacier that had been growing in the crater of Mount St. Helens since late fall 1980 has gone without an official name for years, although the state board recently announced four finalists.

They include Spirit Glacier; Tulutson Glacier, which is an American Indian term submitted by the Cowlitz tribe meaning ice; and Tamanawas Glacier, a Chinook jargon word that loosely translates to "guiding spirit," according to the proposal.

The fourth possibility is Crater Glacier, which Waitt submitted to the board because it's what scientists have called it all along.

Naming the glacier may be a wasted effort if it melts amid the recent activity under the mountain. Regardless, most of the time, points on the mountain go without official names anyway, Waitt said.

Case in point: the old dome that arose following the 1980 eruption. Scientists still refer to it as "the Old Lava Dome."

For years, visitors to the volcano wondered at the size of the dome during its growth. Scientists compared it to "so-many Kingdomes," Waitt said, referring to the now-flattened Seattle stadium. "Of course, now it's a meaningless comparison."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: mtsthelens
I say we sell the name of the dome and use the money for the chillen.
1 posted on 11/24/2004 2:04:18 PM PST by microgood
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To: microgood

2 posted on 11/24/2004 2:07:05 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: microgood

Just name it "The Dome" and then they can all worry and fret about actual things of importance...


3 posted on 11/24/2004 2:07:25 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks (01010010 01001111 01010100 01000110 01001100)
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To: microgood
Thunder Dome?

The Dome formerly known as Old Lava Dome?

4 posted on 11/24/2004 2:08:36 PM PST by Reaganesque
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To: microgood

in the voice of Gilbert Godfried... "I say we call it a hemorrhoid, and name it Hillary. After all, It's big and swollen like her, and at some point, she has to blow!"


5 posted on 11/24/2004 2:08:45 PM PST by pipecorp (this space no longer exists)
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To: Texas Eagle
Yes, it must have a cool name.
After all, all of us name our "blisters," "warts," and "lobes".
6 posted on 11/24/2004 2:10:58 PM PST by Woodstock (<------- is a BIRD)
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To: microgood

Michael Moore's butt.


7 posted on 11/24/2004 2:11:55 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Texas Eagle

The Big Zit?


8 posted on 11/24/2004 2:12:10 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all)
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To: microgood

volcanito


9 posted on 11/24/2004 2:12:54 PM PST by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: microgood

I heard that their is a photograph taken from space and it looks just like Mt. Rushmore! /kidding


10 posted on 11/24/2004 2:15:23 PM PST by rocksblues (No more Kerry, no more polls!)
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To: microgood
YAKIMA, Wash.,where I sit as I type.

Hope St.Helens doesn't get pissy again,the first blast turned day into night here in Yakima.

11 posted on 11/24/2004 2:17:12 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve to keep us free)
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To: microgood

Mt. Dean. It swells, turns red, makes noise, blows up, then is gone forever.


12 posted on 11/24/2004 2:18:14 PM PST by Andyman
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To: microgood

buttplug.

until St. Helens farts or has diarrhea...


13 posted on 11/24/2004 2:20:14 PM PST by Keith (NOW, MORE THAN EVER....IT'S ABOUT THE JUDGES!)
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To: Jeremiah Jr

Dome of the Rock ping.


14 posted on 11/24/2004 2:23:07 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: microgood
It's a hydrostatic plug. When it gets to the original height of the mountain, the weight should be enough to exceed the upward force of the magma until it blows it's top again.
15 posted on 11/24/2004 2:28:04 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: microgood

The word "dome" has always seemed just fine to me.


16 posted on 11/24/2004 2:28:41 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: microgood
Looks like a V Cup to me.
OK, time for some adult beverage to fill by cup.
17 posted on 11/24/2004 2:29:08 PM PST by ProudVet77 (Just say NO to blue states.)
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To: Steve_Seattle

This one's easy..a snap..name it Thomas..then it would be known as "Mount St. Helen's Thomas..


18 posted on 11/24/2004 2:32:51 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Texas Eagle

I think we should call it The Horta. That's what it looks like :)


19 posted on 11/24/2004 2:35:19 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: microgood

About a week ago there was a story that the plug was begining to rise, likely from the main vent. The story said it was as high as a 30 story building and rising at the pace of ~50 feet per day.

Did anybosy ever find good pictures of that?


20 posted on 11/24/2004 2:36:05 PM PST by shadowman99
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To: Texas Eagle
Here's some awesome pics of the dome
21 posted on 11/24/2004 2:36:15 PM PST by glock rocks (You're on, Bo... which is it... prime rib or Atta Boy?)
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To: shadowman99

see #21.


22 posted on 11/24/2004 2:36:52 PM PST by glock rocks (You're on, Bo... which is it... prime rib or Atta Boy?)
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To: microgood
The Harry Truman Memorial Dome has a nice ring to it.
(In honor of the dumb old coot who wouldn't leave the first time it blew up, not the prez.)
23 posted on 11/24/2004 2:37:08 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: microgood
Naming the dome - now about the size of an aircraft carrier

I nominate the term - "Hillary's Ass"

24 posted on 11/24/2004 2:51:03 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Cobra64

LOL!! Or "Crusty" in honor of Her Heinous's pantsuit.


25 posted on 11/24/2004 2:51:59 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla

That's "Ol' Crusty" to you, mister. LOL!


26 posted on 11/24/2004 2:53:11 PM PST by quark
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To: ProudVet77

Needs a V-cup Bullet Bra?


27 posted on 11/24/2004 2:53:24 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: quark

Hee hee.


28 posted on 11/24/2004 2:55:02 PM PST by mewzilla
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To: Steve_Seattle

IT's an emerging cone.


29 posted on 11/24/2004 3:02:03 PM PST by Paladin2 (SeeBS News - We Decide, We Create, We Report - In that order! - ABC - Already Been Caught)
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To: microgood
A glacier that had been growing in the crater of Mount St. Helens

How can this be? Glaciers don't grow!!! They melt and die because Bush won't sign the Kyoto accord....

30 posted on 11/24/2004 3:08:39 PM PST by burrian
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To: microgood

Personally I prefer "Dome, Dome on the Range."


31 posted on 11/24/2004 3:14:07 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: microgood

Le Petit Teton


32 posted on 11/24/2004 3:40:44 PM PST by Tom A
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To: microgood

Could call it Cheney's Bulge! Blackbird.


33 posted on 11/24/2004 4:06:07 PM PST by BlackbirdSST
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To: microgood; oregon; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; ...

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34 posted on 11/28/2004 10:22:17 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: microgood

Why name it if they are considering it to blow off.

Nicknames should be suffice.

BTW I was reading on another thread about the Papua New Gunia(sp) volcano that they are evacuating. Two people have died due to drinking ash contaminated water. Also PNG has been rocked with two 6+ quakes and a couple of 5+ this past week.

It is in the ring of Fire as we are.


35 posted on 11/29/2004 12:37:42 AM PST by oceanperch ( President Bush and The First Lady Laura God Bless You!)
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To: microgood

"Early Morning Erection" is what I call it.


36 posted on 11/29/2004 4:18:58 PM PST by KoneZone (We are the Moral Authority!)
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To: Texas Eagle

Monica Dome. I mean, it is going to blow one of these days...


37 posted on 11/29/2004 6:09:26 PM PST by dolander2002 (I'm just a sweet little grammy who wouldn't hurt a fly.)
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