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The Geologic Story of Mount Rainier


Crandell, D. R., 1969, Surficial geology of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1288. A geologic map that shows where glacial deposits, landslides, and mudflows are located in the park is accompanied by an illustrated nontechnical description of these and other surficial deposits.

Crandell, D.R., and Fahnestock, R.K., 1965, Rockfalls and avalanches from Little Tahoma Peak on Mount Rainier, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1221-A, 30 pages. A description of the seven successive landslides of December 1963 that buried the upper White River valley under thick deposits of rock debris.

Crandell, D.R., and Mullineaux, D.R., 1967, Volcanic hazards at Mount Rainier, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1238, 26 pages. A discussion of Mount Rainier's eruptions during the last 10,000 years and the anticipated effects of similar future eruptions.

Decker, R. and Decker, B., 1981. Volcanoes. 244 pp. W.H. Freeman and Co., San Francisco. A comprehensive introduction to the nature and power of volcanoes, relating them to plate tectonics.

Fiske, R.S., Hopson, C.A., and Waters, A.C., 1964, Geologic map and section of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Geologic Investigations Map I-432, with text. A geological map of the park's bedrock is accompanied by a brief nontechnical discussion of the geological evolution of the park as recorded by the rock formations.

Oakeshoot, G. B., 1976. Volcanoes and Earthquakes: Geologic Violence. 143 pp. McGraw-Hill, New York Discussions of specific earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, relating them to general principles.

Sigafoos, R.S., and Hendricks, E.L., 1961, Botanical evidence of the modern history of Nisqually Glacier, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 387-A, 20 pages. A description of the recent moraines of several glaciers and an explanation of how they are dated by counting the growth rings of trees growing on them.

Sullivan, W., 1974. Continents in Motion. 399 pp. McGraw-Hill, New York Presents concepts, theories, and controversies of the world's changing geography in laymen's terms.

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