Mount Rainier from Aloft

January 31, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Bruce Hawkins
Summary authors & editors: Bruce Hawkins; Jim Foster

Though many images taken from commercial airlines are unrewarding, the above photo of a snow-covered and stoic Mount Rainier protruding through the clouds looks just as it did during my flight -- only a little contrast enhancement was required. Mount Rainier is one of the chain of impressive stratovolcanoes along the Pacific Plate boundary. Others include Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount Jefferson. The explosive eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 reminds us that these volcanoes are potentially deadly as well as photogenic. At 14,410 ft (4,392 m), Mount Rainier is the highest of the Cascade summits and also the highest point in Washington State.

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