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Paridise Inn in Pierce County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Changing Course

Mount Rainier National Park

 
 
Changing Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2009
1. Changing Course Marker
The left side of the marker
Inscription. Not long ago, the waters of Kautz Creek filled this creek bed. Today only a small stream flows here. Kautz Creek has moved.

Along with record rainfall, early November 2006 brought debris flows to several areas of the park. Not far from here, one of these flows rerouted Kautz Creek: coming to a stop at a high and narrow point in the creek bed, the debris flow dammed the creek. Diverted by this barrier, the rain-swollen creek carved a new course through the forest.

Do the changes at Kautz Creek hint at the future of the Mount Rainier landscape? Over the last 5 years, park scientists have recorded an increase number of debris flows from small, south-facing glaciers. Scientists suggest this increase may be linked to global climate change: when changing weather patterns cause glaciers to melt, debris flows become more common. As global climate change reconfigures the glaciers and restructures weather patterns, the landscape of Mount Rainier will continue to be reshaped.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 46° 44.483′ N, 121° 53.786′ W. Marker is in Paridise Inn, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is on Paridise Road East. Click for map.
Changing Course Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2009
2. Changing Course Marker
The right side of the marker
The marker is located in Mount Rainier National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Paradise Inn WA 98398, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Recovering Forest (a few steps from this marker); Kautz Creek Nature Trail (a few steps from this marker); An Ancient Community (approx. 8.2 miles away); Inspired to Preserve (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Kautz Creek image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2009
3. Kautz Creek
Note the corner of the Changing Course marker in the right side of the photo
The top of Mount Rainier image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2009
4. The top of Mount Rainier
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 227 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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