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Mount Rainier, a Decade Volcano GSA field trip

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Author(s): Patrick T. Pringle, Carolyn L. Driedger, David G. Frank, Juliet McKenna, Mark T. Murphy, Kevin M. Scott, Thomas W. Sisson, James W. Vallance, Dina Y. Venezky, Joseph S. Walder, David R. Zimbelman

Document Type: Geologic Field Trips in the Pacific Northwest
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Published Year: 1994
Volume: 2G
Pages: 24
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This trip circumnavigates majestic Mount Rainier and examines a wide variety of geologic features, deposits, and hazards (Figs. 1, 2). Because of its hazards and increasing population pressures in the region, Mount Rainier was designed at Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior in 1992. The main goal of the Decade Volcano studies at Mount Rainier will be to better understand the volcano in order to mitigate risk.

This field trip provides an overview of what we presently know about Mount Rainier's geologic and glacial history. During the trip, we also will hear about recent research at the volcano and will inspect the geologic evidence for debris flows, the most important class of geologic hazards at Mount Rainier.

This text is a compilation of the work of numerous researchers, many of whom are continuing their work at Mount Rainier or are in the early stages of major research projects. We also have relied heavily on the work of Crandell, Mullineaux, Fiske, Hopson, Waters, and others whose earlier efforts have provided an excellent foundation for further studies.

All units are metric except road-log mileage. A note about National Park Service (NPS) etiquette: please do not do any digging within the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park. Permits, which can be obtained from the Park Superintendent, are required for sample collecting.

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In Text Citation:
Pringle and others (1994) or (Pringle et al., 1994)

References Citation:
Pringle, P.T., C.L. Driedger, D.G. Frank, J. McKenna, M.T. Murphy, K.M. Scott, T.W. Sisson, J.W. Vallance, D.Y. Venezky, J.S. Walder, and D.R. Zimbelman, 1994, Mount Rainier, a Decade Volcano GSA field trip: Geologic Field Trips in the Pacific Northwest, Geological Society of America, Vol. 2G, 24 p..