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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment.
Location. 47° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Edmonds WA 98020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Interurban Trolley (approx. 5˝ miles away); Wickers Building (approx. 5˝ miles away); Humble House (approx. 5˝ miles away); Alderwood Manor Heritage Cottage (approx. 5˝ miles away); Carkeek Park (approx. 6˝ miles away); Emil Fredreksen Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); James & Sarah Thompson House (approx. 9.4 miles away); David & Joyce Olson House (approx. 9.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to the Olympic Peninsula. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Olympic National Park. (Submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.