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Fact Sheet 2010–3064

Northwest Area Science

By Tracy L. Fuentes, Marijke van Heeswijk, and Eric Grossman

Thumbnail of and link to report PDF (1 MB)Northwest Area Facts

  • Population about 12 million
  • 43 federally recognized Tribes
  • Hydropower provides about two-thirds of electricity supply
  • 78 federally listed threatened and endangered species
  • 12 active or potentially active volcanoes
  • Columbia River system drains more than 260,000 square miles, an area about the size of Texas
  • More than 175 square miles covered by glaciers
  • More than 900 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline
  • More than 2,300 miles of greater Puget Sound coastline
  • Some forests store more carbon per unit area than any other area in the world, including the tropics
  • 51 percent federal lands
  • Significant lead, zinc, silver, and phosphate deposits

First posted August 25, 2010

For additional information contact:
Leslie A. Dierauf, VMD
Regional Executive,
USGS Northwest Area
909 First Ave, suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104

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Suggested citation:

Fuentes, T.L., van Heeswijk, Marijke, and Grossman, Eric, 2010, Northwest Area Science: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010-3064, 2 p.

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