Captain Rick: Mount Rainier is a massive, active stratovolcano that dominates the sky over Washington State. With a summit elevation of 14,411 ft (4,392 m), it is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States. Worldwide, only Mount Everest tops this stat.
With 26 major glaciers and 36 sq mi (93 km2) of permanent snowfields and glaciers, Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The summit is topped by two volcanic craters, each more than 1,000 ft (300 m) in diameter. Geothermal heat from the volcano keeps areas of both crater rims free of snow and ice, and has formed the world’s largest volcanic glacier cave network within the ice-filled craters, with nearly 2 mi (3.2 km) of passages. It spawns six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems.
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