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Despite the enormous destruction and loss wreaked by this eruption, it also set forth an equal potential for creation. The eruption created a unique opportunity for scientists and researchers to study the changes the natural destruction wrought on the landscape. Most notably, scientists now had a unique opportunity to observe the process of succession first hand and reevaluate their theories based on their findings.

By examining surviving population such as newly developing plant colonies, researchers could gain great insight on biological change that can be used to ”make sensible suggestions for management” of natural disaster legacies. The eruption of Mount St. Helens is infamous for the destruction wrought on the surrounding areas; however it has also given rise to the development of a host of possible new ecological systems, reset the evolutionary clock, and allowed scientists to witness the actual process of ecological succession.

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