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Mount St. Helens Retrospective

Mount St. Helens Retrospective

Posted: 08/02/16

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Twenty-six years following the eruption that sent much of Mount Saint Helens into the Toutle and Cowlitz River valleys, or skyward across western North America, logs from that event still lay bare and splayed in prone position across the ground, just as they were deposited that fateful day, well-preserved by their flash-baked mineralization. Another, far less potent eruption was underway here: steam and smoke rising from a cone-building event in the midst of the 1980 crater. The literal buildup to the next major blast proceeds apace, as colonies of lupines and other nitrogen-fixing plants slowly reconstitute the soil.


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