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Mount Saint Helens

Mount Saint Helens

Date: Oct 18 2004


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This week, Steph and Sara are thinking about living on the edge. They are talking about going to see the volcano erupting. Sara is not quite sure it’s worth the danger, but Steph offers her some good reasons to go. Check it out!


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Steph:  Hey, Sara. You wanna go to Mount Saint Helens?

Sara:  Um, maybe. But isn’t it erupting?

Steph:  Well, I don’t know. Ya know, they’ve been saying that it’s going to and they shut down the visitor center, but I think it’s ok now.

Sara:  Really? Why do you wanna go?

Steph:  I don’t know. I mean, you could go see the steam coming out or maybe see some magma.

Sara:  That’s true. What’s magma?

Steph:  Magma is liquid lava.

Sara:  Oh wow!

Steph:  Yeah. The red stuff that comes out of mountains.

Sara:  That would be really cool to see. But what if we got stuck or something out there? I mean what if it blew up and we were right there?

Steph:  That would be pretty scary. I guess we could bring some water with us?

Sara:  Water would be good. Maybe we should bring a cell phone too, just in case.

Steph:  That’s a really good idea. Let’s be prepared.

Sara:  Ok. Let’s do it!

Steph:  OK!



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What would you do if there were a volcano erupting near your town or city? Would you go and see it or would you stay far away? I grew up in Hawai’i. There was an active volcano erupting pretty much the whole time I lived there. When I was a kid, we would take friends, family and other visitors to see it. That was a lot of fun, but also pretty dangerous! That was really living on the edge!


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