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On May 18th, 1980 the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State caused the largest landslide in modern human history. For nine hours it released the explosive power of one atomic bomb every second, shocking the world with the eruption’s explosive power. Beyond the destruction, it also challenged the way scientists think of catastrophes like this and how they have shaped the earth.
In this episode you'll learn how:
- observable events help us understand the catastrophic Great Flood
- they impact rapid erosion, coal formation, and a quick biologic recovery
- canyons, stratified layers, and petrified forests formed quickly.
This series is produced by Kyle Justice, whose work has appeared on such shows as National Geographic, ESPN, and The Creation Network, along with his creative homeschool-family team. Teen host Noah Justice serves as your guide to truth on the ground at national parks and other geologic locations, bringing you an educational and entertaining adventure!
|Title||Explore Mt. St. Helens with Noah Justice|
|Subtitle||Awesome Science Episode 5|
|Duration (in Minutes)||30|
|Publisher||New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.|
|Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price||$9.99|
|Dimensions (in inches)||5 x 7 x 1/2|
- An excellent learning experience Review by Danika Cooley
What did you think of this book?
I’ve reviewed each of the ten Awesome Science DVDs independently with purchase links below each one.
About the Videos
I love the emphasis of this series on viewing scientific data through the lens of biblical history, and upon the gospel message in each video. Noah Justice discusses the scientific data for each area, explaining how secular scientists interpret the evidence. He then explains the way Creation scientists interpret data through the lens of biblical history before comparing the evidence for each viewpoint. Noah Justice also talks about how the catastrophic, global Flood of Noah explains the geology and other science (including chemistry and microbiology) of each area. At the end of each video, he explains that God once judged the earth through the global flood. Jesus will return, and God will judge the earth again, this time by fire (2 Peter). He explains the gospel and the need to repent and follow Christ.
Noah Justice is ages 14-17 in the ten videos so far (twelve videos by the time you read this!), and he does a wonderful job of presenting some tough scientific concepts in the course of just 30 minutes for each video. The first six videos have a coordinating study guide with vocabulary, worksheets, and additional written information to go with the video. With the depth of information involved, I’d suggest a copy for each student! This series–with the study guides–is an excellent choice for science over the course of a year for grades 4-9 or so.
The Awesome Science series is produced by Noah’s father, Kyle Justice, whose work has appeared on such networks as National Geographic, ESPN, and the Outdoor Channel, along with his creative homeschool-family team.
Explore Mount St. Helens (Episode 5)
Noah Justice begins this video by discussing the history of the area, and the volcanic activity. Mt. St. Helens is in southwestern Washington. The volcano began having activity in March 1980. May 18, 1980, there was an earthquake, giant avalanche, and a lateral steam explosion. This lateral explosion gave scientists insight on 300 volcanoes around the world that they had not been able to explain before. The following ash and pumice cloud spread across inhabited areas. A mud flow ran down the Toutle River into the Columbia River. 57 people died, and the results to the surrounding environment was catastrophic.
The change to the geologic features from this catastrophic event–the explosion of Mt. St. Helens–has given Creation scientists a vast amount of data with which to analyze current evidence based on catastrophic events. Noah Justice references the volcanic devastation of Mount St. Helens and the resulting geological changes through many of his videos.
Noah Justice then takes us to the volcanic Ape Caves of Mt. St. Helens. There are some black and white photographs of 1950s loggers and their families from the area, and my husband had his family photos from the 1920s out, looking for his relatives. There’s a good chance you’ll be watching our family history in this video! Noah Justice talks about the lava tube of the cave, explaining why we know it was a recent formation, and how we can apply that knowledge to other volcanic caves around the world.
We can also see the formation of geological layers (lamina) over a period of hours due to the catastrophic explosion from Mt. St. Helens. This really impacts the assertion of secular scientists that geological layers take thousands or millions of years (long ages) to form. We can apply these observations to other canyons across the world.
In March of 1982, the activation of the volcano heated ice and snow, forming two new canyons, causing a new mud flow, and forming new canyons and channels down the Toutle River. In just hours, canyons up to 140 feet deep formed. So much for the idea that canyons only form through erosion over million of years! This is the difference between observational science and historical science. The observations from Mt. St. Helens have impacted our understanding of geology! Noah Justice covers a number of other issues, like the tree beds resulting from the explosion.
I want to thank Master Books for providing me with the Awesome Science with Noah Justice DVD set in return for my honest opinion.
(Posted on 1/12/2016)