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Which Cascades volcano hosts the most glaciers?

Which has the second largest number? - Mount Rainier, Washington, at 14,410 feet (4,393 meters), the highest peak in the Cascade Range, is a dormant volcano whose glacier ice cover exceeds that of any other mountain in the conterminous United States. Mount Rainier has 26 glaciers, with an area of about 36 mi2 (93 km2). It contains more than five times the glacier area of all the other Cascade volcanoes combined. Mount Baker (Washington) at 10,778 feet (3,285 meters), is also a glacier-clad volcano in the North Cascade Mountains, about 31 miles due east of Bellingham. With 10 glaciers, it is second to Mount Rainier in both number and area of its glaciers.


Sources of Information: Brantley, Steven R., 1994, Volcanoes of the United States: USGS General Interest Publication.


Gardner, C.A., and others, 1995, Potential Volcanic Hazards from Future Activity of Mount Baker, Washington: USGS Open-File Report 95-498


Hoblitt, R.P., and others, 1995, Volcano hazards from Mount Rainier, Washington: USGS Open-File Report 95-273.

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