Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mount Rainier

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Mount Rainier has multiple names like Mount Tacoma, or Mount Tahoma. Mount Rainier is located in Washington in the Cascade Range. It is home to many wildlife and is a state park. The mountain is a volcano, but it has a special name since it looks like just a regular old mountain. It is known as a stratovolcano because it stands so tall. It is over 14,411ft tall or 4,392m.
The mountain is over 500,000 years old, and it is still active. As a matter of fact, it is said to be the most dangerously active volcano in the area. Past eruptions have caused volcanic mud slides, which have been changing the landscape for thousands of years. The stratovolcano has erupted five times, but the last time that it was recorded was between November and December of 1894.
Mount Rainier is located on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The position that the mountain is sitting on the tectonic plate is what causes the land changing volcanic mud flows. Weathering and erosion have not changed the mountain that much since it is the tallest stratovolcano or mountain in the the Cascade Range. Mount Rainier is the most glaciated stratovolcano in the contiguous U.S and has six major rivers in its state park. It is also the most unpredictable stratovolcano in the U.S. ~ Austin Tyler

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