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Mount St. Helens: The Eruption and Recovery of a Volcano.

Imagine the public furor if the Department of Defense were to propose blowing apart a scenic snowcapped mountain to test nature's recovery powers. In May of 1980, before Mt. St. Helens erupted, environmentalists and the Forest Service were locked in battle about whether to clearcut the last old-growth trees on the slopes. Nothing they imagined came close to what nature itself did. (See AMERICAN FORRESTS, March/April 1991.) It was an environmental nightmare. It has become an environmental bonanza.

From dozens of moving and fascinating small stories, reporter Rob Carson builds a larger and much more important one. America's reaction to Mt. St. Helens in the 10 years since its eruption is almost as hopeful as the quick recovery of the earth itself.

For Carson, Mt. St. Helens has an appropriate place in our new approach to environmental issues. So does this powerful book.
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Author:Kaufman, Wallace
Publication:American Forests
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1991
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