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The Cascade Range – Ice-Capped Fire

Part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire,” the Cascades erupted from the earth's surface fired by the heat of molten rock thousands of miles below. Towering volcanoes formed, some nearly three miles above sea level. Due to the Cascades' location on the globe, where predominant westerly winds deliver moisture from the nearby Pacific Ocean, extensive glaciers formed on the highest of these volcanoes. As storm after Pacific storm continues to deliver snow on these peaks, gravity presses this precipitation into glaciers. These rivers of slow-moving ice carve the landscape on their downward journeys, where they ultimately melt into rivers that cut through the landscape below.       

ED DARACK is an independent author and photographer. Learn more at www.darack.com.       

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