History and hazards of Mount Rainier, Washington

Open-File Report 95-642



Mount Rainier is an active volcano that first erupted about half a million years ago. Because of Rainier's great height (14,410 feet above sea level) and northerly location, glaciers have cut deeply into its lavas, making it appear deceptively older than it actually is. Mount Rainier is known to have erupted as recently as in the 1840s, and large eruptions took place as recently as about 1,000 and 2,300 years ago.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title History and hazards of Mount Rainier, Washington
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 95-642
DOI 10.3133/ofr95642
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Cascades Volcano Observatory, Volcano Hazards Program, Volcano Science Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State Washington
Other Geospatial Mount Rainier
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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