On Top of Old Smokey

A Photographer’s Race to Scoop Mount St. Helens

Tom Zimberoff

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©1980 Tom Zimberoff / All Rights Reserved

In the spring of 1980, scientists at the United States Geological Survey began to voice their concerns publicly about a long dormant volcano northeast of Portland and southeast of Seattle called Mount St. Helens. Considered a gem in the Cascade Range, a glacier-crowned peak rising majestically from the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, it was a…

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