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Mt St Helens Field Notes - Hummocks Trail

A WORD version of this document is HERE

  • Please make sure to use IQIA ALWAYS
  • 1 Paragraph = 4 – 6 (or so) sentences
  • Use accurate and specific language -- Avoid using “you” or “it”
  • Avoid non-specific language “pretty”, “nice”, “lovely”  (since what is pretty or lovely to you might not be pretty or lovely to someone else)
  • Include personal observations as appropriate (“I saw”, “I observed”  “We took a trail that…”
  • Think of this as an opportunity share what you learned, what you found interesting and not a chore that you HAVE to do…

The HUMMOCKS TRAIL stretches over a series of mounds of Earth that are the remains of the summit of Mt St Helens. During the 1980 Mt St Helens eruption, the top that mountain was blown over five miles away and deposited on the site that is now called the Hummocks Trail.


Additional information is here


Part 1) Describe the physical terrain in and around the Hummock Trail (and ONLY the trail, do not describe the areas more than 1/4 mile or so) Your description should be appropriate so that someone who has never been on the trail can "view" the physical features in and around the trail -- 3 Paragraphs (minimum) (7 pts)


Part 2) Describe and/or name plant life that you personally observed (use bullet points for this and NOT full sentences) (5 pts). 


Part 3) Describe and/or name animal life that you personally observed or saw evidence of (use bullet points for this and NOT full sentences) (5 pts).


Part 4a) Describe the process that created the hummocks of Mt St Helens (Note: Recall that I originally told you that the top of Mt St Helens blew up and landed 5 miles away, that is NOT ACCURATE (5 pts)


Part 4b) Describe in as much detail as you can the different ways that nature has recovered from the 1980 Mt St Helens Eruption. Your description should begin with the devastation found on the Hummocks Trail area in 1980 (immediately AFTER the eruption) and continue through to the present day.
There are very interesting and specific ways in which plants and animals contributed to these changes.


Your description depends HEAVILY on listening to our guides and taking note of what they say during our hike. At LEAST one full page is required for this section. (15 pts)


Reflections: (One paragraph responses each)


Reflection #1) What parts of the Hummocks Trail field trip were most interesting and why? (3 pts)


Reflection #2) What aspects of the Hummocks Trail field trip were least interesting and why? (3 pts)


Reflection #3) Contrast (describe the differences) your understanding of how nature recovers from catastrophic events before the trip with what you know about how nature recovers from a catastrophe *after* the field trip. (3 pts)