January 23, 2009
Contact: Princess Jackson-Smith, 360-902-1066
Jari Roloff, 360-902-1457
Washington State Department of Natural Resources Releases Mount Rainier Guide
OLYMPIA –The Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources, has just released Information Circular 107, “Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity” by Patrick T. Pringle. The book covers an area bounded by I-5 on the west, State Route 410 on the north, Yakima on the east, and U.S. 12 on the south. It was funded in part by the National Scenic Byways Program of the Federal Highway Administration.
This 200-page, four-color book is written for anyone with a basic understanding of geology and is designed for ease of use, with a landscape format and spiral binding. Its centerpiece is the logs of the roads to and through the park. Each of the 15 road logs features expanded geologic maps of the route and a mile-by-mile narrative describing the geology and other interesting features. The book is divided into three main parts: Part I describes the geologic history and setting of Mount Rainier and the surrounding area; Part II contains the 15 legs of the road guide; and Part III consists of a glossary, references, and other useful information. More than 290 photos and illustrations, some of them historic, most of them in color, are included.
“Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity” is an up-to-date book on volcanic processes past and present in the Pacific Northwest, illustrating both the beauty and the hazards of our state’s largest volcano. It is available through the Washington State Department of Printing website at https://fortress.wa.gov/prt/printwa/wsprt/default.asp for $17.53.
About the author
Pat Pringle, also the author of the “Roadside Geology of Mount St. Helens,” was with DNR for more than 15 years before taking an Earth Sciences teaching position at Centralia College in 2005. Before that, he worked at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory for eight years during and after the 1980s eruptions of Mount St. Helens. Other contributing authors include some of the leading experts on the volcanic history of the Pacific Northwest.
Caring for your natural resources . . . now and forever
As Washington State’s geological survey, the Division of Geology and Earth Resources contributes to the safety and economic well-being of Washington’s citizens by informing the public, government, and industry about the consequences of unpredictable geologic events and the nature of the land around us. It is regarded as a primary source of geological products and services to support decision-making by Washington’s government agencies, its businesses, and the public.
The Division of Geology and Earth Resources provides:
• Evaluation of geologic hazards and advice on their mitigation
• Disaster response and damage assessment
• Surface and subsurface geological mapping
• Inventory and regulation of mineral and oil and gas resources
• Technical support for environmental and forest protection
• A complete library collection on the geology of Washington
• Publications on Washington geology
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