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Plume of smoke comes from the crater of Mount St. Helens in 1982
Spring 2022

Large volcanic eruptions 1800–present in the United States*

 

*as delineated by its current international and state boundaries

 

1800 — Mount St. Helens (Washington)  The eruption was seen by Native Americans. Oral tradition of NE Washington tribes noted many people starved to death the winter following the eruption.

 

1812 — Augustine Volcano (Alaska)  Augustine has had six significant eruptions: 1812, 1883–1884, 1935, 1963–1964, 1976, and 1986. The 1883 eruption produced a tsunami.

 

1825 — Isanotski Peaks (Alaska)  Also known as Isanotski Volcano, locally as “Ragged Jack,” is a multi-peaked mountain on Unimak Island, the easternmost Aleutian Island. Other … » More …

Cover of The Republic of Nature
Fall 2012

The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States

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Mark Fiege ’85 MA
University of Washington Press, 2012

Contemplate the founding of the United States, a budding democracy carved out of a vast and unknown (to everyone other than its original inhabitants) wilderness. At some point, one might find oneself unable to extricate American history from Nature and its effects and implications. But we haven’t really, not until Fiege’s remarkable analysis.

Although he is keenly aware of Thomas Jefferson’s warning that “The moment a … » More …

Spring 2024

It’s cool to be a Coug couple

At the Coug. In the CUB. On the mall.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Coug couples share the stories of where and how they met at Washington State University.

WSU, it appears, is quite the matchmaker.

Want to add your love story to the mix? Email your anecdote along with then-and-now photos to associate editor Adriana Janovich at adriana.janovich@wsu.edu.

Meantime, enjoy these Coug love stories.

 

From Syria to Pullman

Munir Abdel-Massih Daud (’67 Civ. Eng., ’72 Arch.) came to the United States to get a degree. He planned to return home to Syria after that. He didn’t plan on falling in love, … » More …

Winter 2023

Weather Watch: Reflecting on a Year of Extremes with Nathan Santo Domingo

2023 was a year of weather extremes, with damaging floods, fires, and storms unfolding across the globe.

The United States logged a historic number of billion-dollar weather disasters, while smoke from Canada’s wildfires choked parts of the country.

“It’s kind of odd to be talking about our neighbor just to the north, but they really did have such a big impact in North America and also globally,” says Nathan Santo Domingo, a field meteorologist with Washington State University’s AgWeatherNet.

Besides the highest ever reported number of acres burned, the Canadian wildfire season was unusual for its longevity. “Wildfire season got going … » More …