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On Aug. 1, 2013, she became the first person to cross via standup paddleboard the Bering Strait from Big Diomede to the Alaskan mainland, just north of Wales, Alaska, 
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"Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!"
This guy probably saved hundreds of lives by convincing authorities that the 1980 eruption of Mt. St Helens was a real thing about to happen.  He then died observing the eruption; science learned a lot about volcanoes really fast in May of 1980.
 
We take a look back on this #TBT to honor one of our own, David A. Johnston.

Dave, a 30-year-old volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, was swept away by the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens on the morning of May 18, 1980. As one of the first members of the U.S. Geological Survey monitoring team to arrive at Mount St. Helens, and the scientist in charge of volcanic-gas studies, Dave spent long hours working on and close to the mountain. 

From his experience with active Alaskan volcanoes, Dave understood better than most the hazards of explosive volcanism. Dave helped persuade the authorities first to limit access to the area around the volcano, and then to resist heavy pressure to reopen it, thereby holding the May 18 death toll to a few tens instead of hundreds or thousands.

His work on volcanic gases brought him to the USGS in 1978, where he was assigned to expand the program for monitoring volcanic emissions in Alaska and the Cascade Range. A specific objective of such monitoring is to test whether or not changes in gas geochemistry might provide precursory clues of impending eruptive activity. Thus, it was natural that, when Mount St. Helens reawakened in March 1980, Dave Johnston was one of the first geologists on the volcano.

We honor this exemplary scientist for his dedication and infectious enthusiasm. Dave would have expected us to carry on without him, learning all we could from Mount St. Helens and applying the knowledge gained to other volcanoes for the betterment of the science and public safety.

For more information on David A. Johnston and the eruption of Mount St. Helens 35 years ago, please see "The 1980 Eruptions of Mount St. Helens, Washington:"

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1250/report.pdf

#DavidAJohnston #MountStHelens #eruption #35thAnniversary  #blackandwhite #tbt #volcano
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Dinosaurs in my back yard!
Sort of...dinosaurs across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, anyway.  
I'm more likely to have a mastodon in my back yard.  (They're all the rage in Sequim; and by rage, I mean they make some archaeologists literally froth at the mouth).
   I've also found whale fossils along the south side of the Strait. 
 
Researchers found part of the left femur of a theropod dinosaur on the shores of Sucia Island State Park. Washington is now the 37th state where dinosaurs have been found.
Scientists have uncovered Washington's first dinosaur fossil, in a state park on the San Juan Islands.
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A 'problem' with low unemployment rates is a noticable decline in service. 
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Wow, +Jeff Kuykendall :-(
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Took my kayak to Lake Washington today because I want to run some rivers this weekend while there's still ater, and I haven't boated in ages so I needed to knock at least some of the rust off.  
   Didn't roll, though...the water looked a bit, erm, lively.
  But it was fun just paddling around on a sunny day.  Now back to carpentry.
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Vote for Port Angeles, and earn my eternal gratitude.
One of these 64 towns can be called the "Best Town Ever." Crowning the winner will be up to you.
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Thanks, +Emiliana Chávez 
So close...
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Murder by kayak? Guilt by Facebook?
    I've always said (never really sure whether I'm joking) that on extended kayak trips (like weeks sea kayaking on the coast, or running the Grand Canyon) homicide represents the greatest risk of death; even given numerous environmental dangers.
   I'd like to know the technical details of this case; like exactly what the accused allegedly did to the kayak to ensure that the deceased capsized.  Maybe the prosecution has evidence that the reporter hasn't accessed; hopefully the prosecution isn't basing its case on insufficiently remorseful Facebook posts.  Can you take anything on Facebook at face value?  
Some of the closest friends of Angelika Graswald and her fiancé, Vincent Viafore, cannot fathom how she could have killed him; an ex-boyfriend says he thought her irresponsible, not dangerous.
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I know what you meant, +Bruce Shark . 
This is why I took up whitewater kayaking.
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 β,3,4-trihydroxy-N-methylphenethylamine is the ultimate weight-loss drug.
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This makes perfect sense to me. Seattle may have lots of bicyclists, but that doesn't make it very  bike friendly, compared to a City like Santa Cruz.
 
What’s the most bike-friendly city in the U.S.? Not what you’d guess http://bit.ly/1Ln0IOk
Portland? Nope. Seattle? Not even close. Here are your answers, from the brainiacs at Walk Score.
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Who says +Bruce Shark and kayakers don't get along?

Can I buy the original?
 
Ride that wild river +Stephen L​....


You have been sharked.
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+Stephen L DeFINitely enjoying doing it...I rarely do anything I dislike more than once.
And it's helping my recovery/strength building time.
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Some pictures I took today 5/18/2015) hiking to PJ Lake in Olympic National Park.  I put a Black and White ISO 25 SD card in the camera today. 
  Got some gratuitous waterfall pictures, flowers, a couple of landscapes. 
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Never pick up a 10lb cardboard box of nails after it has been rained upon.
#TILTHW #LearnFromMyFail
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Of embarrassment, +Bruce Shark 
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    Linguistics, 1988 - 1990
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