Here’s a good summary of evolution in this BBC feature. To the east of me, lots of fossil finds, like this fish, right, from Wyoming.
In reading up on natural wonders in my new state, I learned that native legends told of a lake at the Mt Rainier summit. There is geological evidence for such a thing.
This is mostly how the mountain looks from my location across the Puget Sound from Seattle, only Tacoma is well under the horizon and most of the mountain heights are not.
My wife picked up this fine book on the centennial of the nation park. Fabulous photography and a poetic and informative text.
I’m interested in learning more about the geology of this part of the state. I know I’m living on land that was a few hundred miles off the Eocene coast of North America. In other words, well into the Pacific Ocean of 40 million years ago. And yet I’m surrounded by mountains. Isn’t that a wonder?