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    Author(s): Steve Nash
    Date: 2010
    Source: BioScience. 60(8): 571-575
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    The eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 resulted in "a grand experiment that you could never have gotten anybody to fund," says Forest Service ecologist Charles Crisafulli. "Everything's new. It's a new landform." Unlike most misbehaving volcanoes, this one provided an accessible laboratory right along the Interstate-5 corridor, with the research infrastructure of major universities nearby. Ecological responses to the Mount St. Helens eruptipn have surprised ecologists in the diversity and vigor of plant and animal community development, and the landscape continues to change.

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    Nash, Steve. 2010. Making sense of Mount St. Helens. BioScience. 60(8): 571-575.


    Mount St. Helens, disturbance, volcanic succession

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