Mount St. Helens, flanked by Mount Adams (far left) and Mount Hood, is settling fitfully back into the volcanic landscape. Three decades ago the mountain’s eruption killed 57 people and destroyed more than 200 square miles of forest. The cover of the current issue of National Geographic shows Mount St. Helen’s erupting on the morning of May 18, 1980. Photographed by Roger Werth for the Daily News.
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Early colonists bloom on a hill near the volcanic monument’s Coldwater Lake: foxglove, lupine, pearly everlasting, red alder. The tree stump is a reminder of pre-1980 logging operations