Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mount Rainier and the Highest Lake

Mount Rainier also called Mount Tahoma by the Puyallup is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest. It is a large active stratovolcano and considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Interestingly,  it is covered with 26 glaciers and 36 square miles of permanent  snow fields. Due to the  large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that could threaten the entire Puyallup River valley .The summit is topped by two volcanic craters that keep the crater rims free of snow and ice while forming the world's largest volcanic glacier cave network within the ice-filled craters. A small crater lake about 130 by 30 ft and 16 ft deep, is the the highest lake in North America with a surface elevation of 14,203 ft.