Olympic Mountains


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Olympic Mountains,

highest part of the Coast RangesCoast Ranges,
series of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America, extending from SE Alaska to Baja California; from 2,000 to 20,000 ft (610–6,100 m) high. The ranges include the St. Elias Mts.
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, on the Olympic Peninsula, NW Wash. Mt. Olympus (7,965 ft/2,427 m) is the highest point in the mountains, which are composed mainly of sedimentary rock. The western side of the mountains is in one of the areas of greatest precipitation in the United States, with an annual rainfall of c.130 in. (330 cm); the northeast side, in the rain shadow, is in one of the driest areas on the West Coast. On the upper slopes are about 60 small glaciers fed by heavy winter snows. The greater part of the Olympic Mts. is included in Olympic National Park, 922,651 acres (373,674 hectares). Proclaimed as Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909, it was established as a national park in 1938. Rugged mountains, alpine meadows, coniferous rain forests, glaciers, lakes, and streams characterize this area. The national park includes a 50-mi (80-km) stretch of scenic Pacific shoreline that contains wildlife sanctuaries. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Olympic Mountains

 

an isolated mountain massif in the Coast Ranges, in the state of Washington, USA. The Olympic Mountains are composed of quartzites, argillaceous schists, and intrusions. There are elevations to 2,424 m (Mount Olympus). The mountains constitute one of the most humid regions in the United States, having an annual precipitation of more than 2,000 mm. The slopes are covered with high coniferous forests; alpine meadows and glaciers cover the peaks. Most of the massif is part of Olympic National Park.

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Parts of the Juan de Fuca Plate were scraped off and accreted to the North American Plate as complex marine sediments and volcanics (the Klamath Mountains, Oregon-Washington Coast Range, and Olympic Mountains).
Precipitation anomaly relative to 1970-2010 average for extreme events occurring (a) exclusively over the Olympic Mountains, (b) exclusively over Puget Sound, or (c) in both regions on the same day.
Cruising along the Alki bike trail affords amazing views of Puget Sound, Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Bainbridge Island and the city of Seattle.
The Bogachiel is such a valley, carved out of the basement rock of the Olympic Mountains, where 50 million years ago the sea floor smooshed onto the continent, giving rise to a landform that stood straight in the path of Pacific Ocean westerlies.
Your view of Mount Rainer and the Olympic Mountains make the trip - whether from Seattle or Senegal - worth your while.
The rugged and picturesque Olympic Mountains of Washington's northwest tip were one of the last unexplored portions of the lower 48 states.
Like the spreading big-" leaf maples and majestic Sitka spruces lining the river banks, the Hoh's deliciously cool waters owe their existence to the Olympic mountains behind me.
If you like mountains, Washington's Capitol in Olympia, with views of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains, is a "great backdrop" for a wedding, says spokesman Steve Valandra.
This 605-foot tower gives a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and the Cascade and Olympic mountains from its observation platform at a mere 520 feet from the ground.
A FORKS is on the Olympic Peninsula (www.experiencewa.com), between the Olympic Mountains and the Pacific.
The university is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and overlooks the breathtaking Olympic Mountains. Nested in the Hatley Park National Historic Site and with the Pacific Ocean nearby, it is surrounded by natural green spaces to escape to.
The 401,346 s/fbuilding will have 283 units, a 10-level parking garage, retail space and views of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Union and the Cascade Mountains.

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