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The Measure of A Mountain

Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier
Barcott, Bruce (eBook - 1997 )
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In The Measure of a Mountain, Seattle writer Bruce Barcott sets out to know Rainier. His method is exploratory, meandering, personal. He begins by encircling it, first by car then on foot. He finds that the mountain is a complex of moss-bearded hemlocks and old-growth firs, high meadows that blossom according to a precise natural timeclock, sheets of crumbling pumice, fractured glaciers, and unsteady magma. Its snow fields bristle with bug life, and its marmots chew rocks to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Rainier rumbles with seismic twitches and jerks--some one-hundred-thirty earthquakes annually. The nightmare among geologists is the unstoppable wall of mud that will come rolling down its slopes when a hunk of mountain falls off, as it does every half century (and we're fifty years overdue). Rainier is both an obsession and a temple that attracts its own passionate acolytes: scientists, priests, rangers, and mountain guides. Rainier is also a monument to death: every year someone manages just to disappear on its flanks; imperiled climbers and their rescuers perish on glaciers; a planeload of Marines remains lodged in ice since they crashed into the mountain in 1946. Referred to by locals as simply "the mountain," it is the single largest feature of the Pacific Northwest landscape--provided it isn't hidden in clouds. Visible or not, though, it's presence is undeniable.
Authors: Barcott, Bruce, 1966-
Title: The measure of a mountain
beauty and terror on Mount Rainier
[electronic resource]
Publisher: Seattle : Sasquatch Books, c1997
Characteristics: 1 online resource (278 p.) : ill., map
Content Type: text
Media Type: computer
Carrier Type: online resource
Restrictions on Access: Requires an SPL library card
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 1570618003
9781570618000
Branch Call Number: EBOOK 917.97782 BARCOTT 1997
Statement of Responsibility: Bruce Barcott
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
System Details: Requires Kindle, Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1830 KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size:793 KB)
Subject Headings: Rainier, Mount (Wash.) Description and travel Barcott, Bruce, 1966- Travel Washington (State) Rainier, Mount
Genre/Form: Electronic books
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