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Map the Rivers of the Olympic Peninsula and the Olympic National Park

If you have spent any time on the Olympic Peninsula or in the Olympic National Park, you have witnessed, firsthand, the amazing power of the region’s rivers. From the mighty Quinault to the famously dam free Elwha, rivers are the bringers of life to this densely forested area. With over 10 feet of rain falling each year in the rainforest of the Olympic National Park, water plays an important part in sustaining life here. Millions of salmon, swimming for years around the Pacific Ocean, return home to the sweet smell of our rivers. Our eagles, bobcats and bears eat, and the circle of life continues.

 

The rivers of the Olympic National Park are well known, but simple facts, like distance, elevation change and tributaries are often overlooked. Luckily, the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) has created a website that allows you to find out a wealth of information on every river in the county, all with the click of a button.

 

The website, (located here: http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html) is called Streamer and is a great place to lose track of time. With Streamer, you are able to do many different functions on their interactive map. Some of the cool things you can do are:

 

–          Trace a river upstream to its mouth, with every tributary highlighted.

–          Trace a river downstream from its source, seeing how it travels

–          Get detailed information about distance and elevation change

–          Get details about the states, counties and cities the river impacts

–          Get the numbers of tributaries a river has

–          Share the information via Facebook and Twitter

–          Locations of USGS Gages

–          And more

 

 

 

Examples of Regional Rivers

 

The Columbia- Upstream

Distance: 36,928 miles

Tributaries: 1,460

 

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

 

Skagit River- Upstream

Distance: 760 miles

Tributaries: 61

 

Skagit River

Skagit River

Skagit River

Skagit River

 

The Hoh- Upstream

Distance: 80 Miles

Tributaries: 3

 

The Hoh River

The Hoh River

Hoh River

Hoh River

 

 

The Quinault-Upstream

Distance: 106 Miles

Tributaries: 5

 

Quinault River

Quinault River

The Quinault River

The Quinault River

 

The Elwha- Upstream

Distance: 88 miles

Tributaries: 9

 

Elwha River

Elwha River

The Elwha River

The Elwha River

 

 

The Skokomish-Upstream

Distance: 68 miles

Tributaries: 3

 

Skokomish River

Skokomish River

Skokomish River

Skokomish River

 

 

Have a river you want to know about? http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html

 

Maybe you just want to play around with the site? http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html

 

Check out the website and enjoy!

http://nationalatlas.gov/streamer/Streamer/streamer.html

 

 

Parent Tip: If you want to get your children into maps and map reading, this is a great tool!

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