Edmonds in Snohomish County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
The Olympic Mountains
The Olympic Mountains began life 35 million years ago as part of the ancient sea floor that thrust against the North American plate. Inexorable geologic forces fractured and folded these layers of rock and lifted them high into the air. Erosion and glaciers carved the valleys and peaks visible today. Rising directly out of the Pacific Ocean on the west, the mountains rise to their highest point, 7,969 foot tall Mount Olympus, 61 miles from this marker. The Olympics are bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, and Hood Canal and Puget Sound to the east.
The range catches moisture-laden Pacific storms, causing about twelve feet of rain to fall each year on the west-facing valleys, sustaining the temperate rain forest. At higher elevations this precipitation falls as snow adding to glaciers that relentlessly carve the landscape. The east side of the mountains lie in a "rain shadow", with only 25 inches of annual rainfall and much dryer conditions.
Location. 47° 48.272′ N, 122° 23.677′ W. Marker is in Edmonds, Washington, in Snohomish County. Click for map. Marker is in Marina Beach Park, just north of the off-leash dog park, at the south end of Admiral Way. Marker is in this post office area: Edmonds WA 98020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Interurban Trolley (approx. 5.5 miles away); Wickers Building (approx. 5.5 miles away); Humble House (approx. 5.5 miles away); Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage (approx. 5.5 miles away); Carkeep Park (approx. 6.5 miles away); Mural at Bergen Place (approx. 9.4 miles away); Ballard Avenue Landmark District Historic Marker Project (approx. 9.5 miles away); Ballard Avenue Historic District / Ballard City Hall Bell (approx. 9.5 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to the Olympic Peninsula. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Olympic National Park. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Geology of Washington: Olympic Peninsula. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.