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Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake
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Snow still covered the peaks of the Cascade Ranges in mid-June when the STS-111
crew photographed Mt. St. Helens from the Space Shuttle Endeavour. From their
vantage point, the crew observed blast zone from the 1980 eruption of the
volcano, the mud-choked North Fork of the Toutle River, and fallen timber that
still floats in rafts of logs on Spirit Lake. Continued imagery of the region
will document the slow regrowth of the forests. Today, the volcano and
surrounding region comprise the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument which
is dedicated to research, education and recreation.