Mount Rainier

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Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier over Tacoma.jpg
Mount Rainier with Tacoma, Washington in front.
Highest point
Elevation14,412 ft (4,393 m)
Prominence13,211 ft (4,027 m) ranked 21st
Isolation1,177 kilometres (731 mi)
ListingU.S. state high point
Ultra
Geography
State/ProvinceUS-WA
Parent rangeCascade Range
Topo mapUSGS Mount Rainier West
Geology
Age of rock500,000 years
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Volcanic arc/beltCascade Volcanic Arc
Last eruption1894 [1]
Climbing
First ascent1870 by Hazard Stevens and P. B. Van Trump
Easiest routerock/ice climb via Disappointment Cleaver

Mount Rainier is a mountain 54 miles (87 kilometres) southeast of Seattle, Washington, in the United States. The volcano is the highest mountain in the Cascade Range, at 14,410 feet (4,392 metres). The top of the mountain is mostly covered by snow and glaciers. Rainier is an active volcano, but has not had an eruption for more than 100 years. Some describe Rainier as dormant or inactive.[3]

On March 2, 1899, U.S. President William McKinley made the mountain and area around it Mount Rainier National Park. It was the country's fifth national park.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rainier". Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution. http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1201-03-. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  2. "Mount Rainier". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-10-15.
  3. Ball, Jessica. "Voices: Dead or alive ... or neither? Why a dormant volcano is not a dead one," Earth Magazine (American Geosciences Institute). September 8, 2010; retrieved 2012-6-14.

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