Support Provided By
Learn More

Life Returns to the Blast Zone

When 22-year-old research ecologist Charlie Crisafulli arrived at Mt. St. Helens two months after the massive 1980 eruption, he discovered a lifeless, volcanic wasteland. He spent the next 30 years studying and documenting the landscape's slow recovery. In this audio slide show, Crisafulli shares some of his photos taken over three decades and talks about how life returned to the blast zone.

ByKristine AllingtonNova

Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.