In the Blast Zone is the first book to present a cross-pollination of literary and scientific perspectives on Mount St. Helens' history of cataclysm and renewal. Most of the contributors to this volume camped together on the mountain for four days in 2005, the 25th anniversary of the eruption, hiking, learning the ecology, and sharing ideas. They asked the question: What can this radically altered landscape tell us about nature and how to live our lives? In the Blast Zone collects some of their answers. While introducing fascinating ecological and geological insights, it also tells compelling stories about how science informs our lives and our relationship to nature. Charles Goodrich is Program Director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University and the author of The Practice of Home: Biography of a House. Nalini Nadkarni is a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. She was featured as a canopy scientist in the National Geographic television special on tropical forest canopies, titled "Heroes of the High Frontier", which won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary Film of 2001. She has published two books and numerous articles about forest canopy ecology and forest ecosystem ecology. Ann Zwinger writes extensively about the natural history of the Southwest. She has authored more than 10 books, including Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through Grand Canyon and The Nearsighted Naturalist. (booksense)
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