Olympic National Park
By Miss Tosches, Mrs. Krass, and Mr. Gogen
About Olympic National Park
intro by mgoguen
The Olympic Mountains
Mountains are often formed when large sheets of rock called plates rub against each other. The pressure that occurs when two plates meet sometimes causes an upward fold of sedimentary and lava rock. These folds are hills and mountains.
It is possible that large glaciers will carve the mountains over thousands of years leaving the land with unique features such as lakes and valleys.
Olympic National Park Mountain Formation by Deerfield School
- The Hoh rainforest is temperate not tropical.
- In some locations, the forest canopy is so thick that falling snow is caught in the trees and never reaches the ground.
- 57 miles of Pacific coastline are part of the park.
- The shoreline looks very much the same as it did thousands of years ago when native Americans built their first villages.
- The Olympic Mountains cast a rain shadow that cause the town of Sequim to receive only 17 inches a year.
- Several plants and animals are unique to the Olympic Mts.