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Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve Plants

Aniakchak's 1931 eruption left a barren landscape with little or no vegetation, but plant communities now have made impressive comebacks. This recovery and succession process is of great interest to scientists concerned with after-effects of volcanic eruptions. Important initial observations were recorded by Father Hubbard the year before the 1931 eruption. In recent years scientists have conducted baseline biological surveys of the caldera as a measure for future changes. Interest among scientists helped spur Aniakchak caldera's designation as a national natural landmark in 1970.

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Maine Puffins
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Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.