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Mount Rainier, Washington
This resource about Mount Rainier, a stratovolcano in the Cascade Range, features links to all aspects of the volcano, including its geographic setting, and geologic and eruptive history. Students learn that Mount Rainier is the highest and third-most voluminous volcano in the Cascades and that it dominates the Seattle-Tacoma area, where more than 1.5 million know it fondly as The Mountain. Also, it is the most dangerous volcano in the range, owing to the large population. One link leads to an extensive chart of the volcano's activity, highlighting extensive mudflows, debris flows, and lahars. Links labeled 'Special Items of Interest' include information about volcanic highlights and features, and points of interest. Other links lead to maps, graphics, images, publications, reports, and other items of interest involving this volcano and others.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The maps, graphics, images, and text found on our website, unless stated otherwise, are within the Public Domain. You may download and use them. Credit back to the USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory is appreciated. If any material is referenced , Image courtesy of ... or Information courtesy of ..., etc., then please contact that source for permission for use.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-077
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Cascades Volcano Observatory'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory