Volcano Profile: Mount Rainier

Location: Pierce County, WA Elevation: 4,392 m; 14,410 ft Nearby towns: Orting, Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima Geology Mount Rainier produces andesitic and dacitic lava flows, pumice, and lahars. The areas prone to lahars are determined in part by figuring out where lahars traveled in the past. Evidence of massive lahars is still abundant in many of the […]

December Geology Image of the Month: Nisqually Glacier, Mount Rainier National Park

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. […]

Pierce County Department of Emergency Management to host talk by eminent volcanologist, Marta Calvache

When – September 19, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. Where – Puyallup City Hall Council Chambers, 333 S. Meridian in Puyallup. (Parking is available in the garage below city hall or on street). What – Talk: Living with volcanoes: How a South American town may save lives around Mount Rainier Columbian volcanologist Marta Calvache shares her […]