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Mount St. Helen's Salt and Pepper Shakers

This salt and pepper shaker set attempts to commemorate the natural disaster that was the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.  It is made from actual volcanic ash from the event.  When the little shaker is stacked on top of the other, it shows the volcano as it looked before it exploded.  When it is taken off, the set shows what it looked like after it had spewed volcanic ash, steam, molten lava, and tons of boulders.  The ash plume alone reached 80,000 feet in the air, and was deposited in a number of states.  After the eruption was all over, 57 people were killed.  The after effects to the environment and the economy were felt for years afterward.  Somehow, a pair of salt and pepper shakers seems rather trivial for the enormity of the tragedy.

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