Reference Article

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier is a composite volcano in Pierce County, Washington, located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of Seattle, Washington, in the United States.

It is the highest peak in the Cascade Range, with a topographical summit of 14,411 feet (4,392 m).

The mountain and the surrounding area comprise Mount Rainier National Park.

The mountain is mostly covered by snow and glaciers, but heat from the volcano keeps areas of the crater rim on its summit cone mostly free of snow and ice.

The geothermal heat has also caused the formation of glacier caves in the twin summit craters.

Note: This article excerpts material from the Wikipedia article "Mount Rainier", which is released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

See the following related content on ScienceDaily:

Related Videos

last updated on 2015-04-19 at 4:09 am EDT

Park: Too Risky to Search for 6 Rainier Climbers

Park: Too Risky to Search for 6 Rainier Climbers

AP (June 2, 2014) Officials at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State say it's too risky to search for six climbers who it is believed fell to their deaths on Wednesday. Park officials admit, the six may never be found. (June 2) Video provided by AP
Powered by
Ladders on Everest: Is the Highest Peak Becoming Less Cool?

Ladders on Everest: Is the Highest Peak Becoming Less Cool?

Newsy (May 28, 2013) A proposal to build a ladder on Mount Everest has many climbers saying the mountain is trading the spirit of adventure for overcrowding.
Powered by
RAW VIDEO: Mount Etna Erupts

RAW VIDEO: Mount Etna Erupts

Reuters (Mar. 18, 2012) Smoke rises from Mount Etna as Sicilan volcano erupts for fourth time this year.
Powered by
RAW VIDEO: Indonesia's Mount Lokon Erupts

RAW VIDEO: Indonesia's Mount Lokon Erupts

Reuters (Feb. 10, 2012) Mount Lokon's volcano on Indonesia's Sulawesi island erupts, sending hot ash into the air.
Powered by

Related Stories

Share This

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.


Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News


Free Subscriptions

Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile

Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?

Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins