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Mount Rainier: Living with perilous beauty

May 1, 2000

Mount Rainier is an active volcano reaching more than 2.7 miles (14,410 feet) above sea level. Its majestic edifice looms over expanding suburbs in the valleys that lead to nearby Puget Sound. USGS research over the last several decades indicates that Mount Rainier has been the source of many volcanic mudflows (lahars) that buried areas now densely populated. Now the USGS is working cooperatively with local communities to help people live more safely with the volcano.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1998
Title Mount Rainier: Living with perilous beauty
DOI 10.3133/fs06597
Authors Kevin M. Scott, Edward W. Wolfe, Carolyn L. Driedger
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 065-97
Index ID fs06597
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Cascades Volcano Observatory

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