Information Circular 107
Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity
by Patrick T. Pringle
“Roadside Geology of Mount Rainier National Park and Vicinity” is an up-to-date book on volcanic processes past and present in the Pacific Northwest, illustrating both the beauty and the hazards of our state’s largest volcano. This book covers an area bounded by I-5 on the west, State Route 410 on the north, Yakima on the east, and U.S. 12 on the south. This 200-page, four-color book is written for anyone with a basic understanding of geology and is designed for ease of use, with a landscape format and spiral binding. Its centerpiece is the logs of the roads to and through the park. Each of the 15 road logs has expanded geologic maps of the route and a mile-by-mile narrative describing the geology and other interesting features. The book is divided into three main parts: Part I describes the geologic history and setting of Mount Rainier and environs; Part II contains the 15 legs of the road guide; and Part III consists of a glossary, references, and other useful information. The book contains more than 290 photos and illustrations, some of them historic, most of them in color. It was funded in part by the National Scenic Byways Program of the Federal Highway Administration.
Pringle, also the author of the “Roadside Geology of Mount St. Helens" (Information Circular 88), worked at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascades Volcano Observatory for 8 years during and after the 1980s eruptions of Mount St. Helens. He was with DNR for more than 15 years before taking an Earth Sciences teaching position at Centralia College in 2005. Contributing authors include some of the leading experts on the volcanic history of the Pacific Northwest.
How to Buy
A print copy is available through the Washington State Department of Printing General Store. [ ORDERING INFORMATION ]
How to Download
The online version is available from our FTP site, both as a single file (very large; 308 MB) and in several parts for those who are unable to download the single file.
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The author maintains a site that reports errors and expands on the information in the book. See errata_ic_107_rainier_geology.htm.