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Ecological Responses to the 1980 Eruptions of Mount St. Helens

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The eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, had a momentous impact on the fungal, plant, animal, and human life from the mountain to the far reaches of the explosion's ash cloud and mudflows. Although this intense natural event caused loss of substantial life and property, it also created a unique opportunity to examine a huge disturbance of natural systems and their subsequent responses. Based on one of the most studied areas of volcanic activity, this book synthesizes the ecological research that has been conducted for twenty-five years since the eruption. Research from geology as well as plant and animal ecology has been integrated in this unprecedented look at the complex interactions of biological and physical systems in the response of the volcanic landscape. Lessons from the volcano inform our larger understanding of ecosystem disturbances, natural processes, and the impact of land-use practices. Included are results of significant and long-term research on vegetation, mycorrhizae, plant and animal interactions, arthropods, amphibians, mammals, fish, lakes, nutrient cycling, geomorphology, and environmental management. This comprehensive account will be of value to those interested in natural history, ecology, disturbance, conservation biology, limnology, geoscience, and land management. Questions about what actually happens when a volcano erupts, what the immediate and long-term dangers are, and how life reasserts itself in the environment are discussed in full detail. Virginia Dale is a Corporate Fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. Fred Swanson is a Research Geologist at the USDA Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station in Corvallis, OR. Charles Crisafulli is an Ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Olympia, WA.

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The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens caused tragic loss of life and property, but also created a unique opportunity to study a huge disturbance of natural systems and their subsequent responses. This book synthesizes 25 years of ecological research into of volcanic activity, and shows what actually happens when a volcano erupts, what the immediate and long-term dangers are, and how life reasserts itself in the environment.

About the Author

Virginia Dale is a Corporate Fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee. Fred Swanson is a Research Geologist at the USDA Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station in Corvallis, OR. Charles Crisafulli is an Ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research station in Olympia, WA.

Table of Contents

Foreword.- Disturbance ecology.- Geological and ecological setting before May 18, 1980.- Geophysical environments & events at Mt. St. Helens since March 1980.- Spatial & temporal stratified analysis of landscape-scale vegetation change during the first 20 years following the eruptions.- Plant recovery in forest understories of the tephra- fall zone.- Vegetation recovery on volcanic mudflows.- Plant succession on the debris avalanche.- Proximity effects, microsites & biotic interactions during early primary succession.- Ups & downs of a biological mutualism: mycorrhizae & Mt. St. Helens.- The importance of herbivores in early primary succession at Mt. St. Helens.- Arthropods as pioneer (primary) colonists of the blast zone.- Post-eruption arthropod succession on Mt. St. Helens: ground-dwelling beetle fauna (Coleoptera).- Fish responses & recovery in systems impacted by the 1980 eruptions.- Resistance & resilience of an amphibian assemblage to catastrophic disturbance at Mt. St. Helens.- Reorganization of avian assemblages on lands impacted by the 1980 eruptions.- Small mammal colonization on Mt. St. Helens 1980-2000.- Response & recovery of lakes in the blast zone.- Policy implications.- Synthesis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780387238500
Editor:
Dale, Virginia H.
Editor:
Swanson, Frederick J.
Editor:
Crisafulli, Charles M.
Editor:
Dale, Virginia H.
Editor:
Swanson, Frederick J.
Author:
Franklin, J.F.
Author:
Dale, Virginia H.
Author:
Crisafulli, Charles M.
Author:
Swanson, Frederick J.
Editor:
Crisafulli, Charles M.
Publisher:
Springer
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Environmental aspects
Subject:
Succession
Subject:
Volcano
Subject:
Natural disaster
Subject:
Mount St. Helens
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
ecological recovery
Subject:
disturbance
Subject:
Ecological succession -- Washington (State)
Subject:
Saint Helens, Mount (Wash.)
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Subject:
Biogeosciences
Subject:
Geophysics/Geodesy
Subject:
Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
Subject:
Geoecology/Natural Processes
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Book
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
362
Dimensions:
279 x 216 mm 1810 gr

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"Synopsis" by , The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens caused tragic loss of life and property, but also created a unique opportunity to study a huge disturbance of natural systems and their subsequent responses. This book synthesizes 25 years of ecological research into of volcanic activity, and shows what actually happens when a volcano erupts, what the immediate and long-term dangers are, and how life reasserts itself in the environment.
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