Mount St. Helens, Master Teacher

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Science  19 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5469, pp. 1181-1183
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5469.1181

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20 years ago, a major volcanic eruption propelled Mt. St. Helens, Washington State, onto the international stage. In this Perspective, Newhall explains how the study of explosive volcanism has changed in the aftermath of Mt. St. Helens. Many lessons have been learned through close interdisciplinary and international collaboration, and forecasts are improving, but Newhall warns that uncertainties remain high. In a related Perspective, Franklin and MacMahon discuss the ecological lessons learned from ecosystem recovery after the eruption.