December’s geology image of the month of the Nisqually Glacier was taken by State Geologist Dave Norman. The glacier, located on the southern flank of Mount Rainier, is the source of the Nisqually River that wends its way along the boarder between Pierce and Thurston Counties before emptying into southern Puget Sound at Nisqually Reach. The glacier is easily viewed from Paradise Rd. E, which runs by many of Mount Rainier’s most scenic viewpoints, including many waterfalls. Christine Falls (pictured below) is located less than a mile west of the Nisqually River bridge and is characteristic of the picturesque scenery in this region.
To discover more about the fascinating geology of Mount Rainier and plan your own field trip, download our comprehensive pictorial guide: Roadside Geology Of Mount Rainier National Park And Vicinity.