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Flowers Recovering near Mount St. Helens by Jonathan Look

On the morning of May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens became one of the largest volcanic events in North America. The explosions took 65 human lives, wiped out substantial populations of bear, elk, deer, and coyote, and spewed stone, ash, and poisonous gas over 230 square miles of forest and vegetation. However, after only a little over thirty years the area is recovering. The explosion and these flowers are both testament to the strength of nature and its ability to recover under the right circumstances.

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