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OUTDOORS Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairba In the mid-Aleutians, 1,200 miles from Anchorage, little Kasatochi Island - about 1.5 miles from end to end - was the surprise volcanic eruption of 2008, blowing up and painting itself in a shade of gray. Scientists revisited the island a few times in summer 2009 to see what, if any, life had returned. Here's a report from the most recent trip; a few scientists and I returned from Kasatochi in mid-August.

Life inching its way back to Kasatochi Island

Jeff Williams, a biologist with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, hikes a muddy slope of Kasatochi Island with the refuge ship Tiglax in the background.
Photos By Ned Rozell
Jeff Williams, a biologist with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, hikes a muddy slope of Kasatochi Island with the refuge ship Tiglax in the background.
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