Environment: Slowly, the Wounds Begin to Heal

A year later, lethal Mount St. Helens blossoms with life

One of the wonders—and blessings—of the world is the immense power of nature to regenerate itself, the tenacity that all life shows as it tries to heal its wounds and survive. Nowhere is this capacity more evident today than in southwestern Washington. It is just a year since Mount St. Helens exploded with a blast releasing 500 times as much energy as the bomb that leveled Hiroshima, and sending a cubic mile of earth into the air. Torrents of hot mud went coursing down the...

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