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North Cascades Ecoregion: Chapter 14 in Status and trends of land change in the Western United States--1973 to 2000

Professional Paper 1794-A-14

This publication is Chapter 14 in Status and trends of land change in the Western United States--1973 to 2000, which is Volume A in Status and trends of land change in the United States--1973 to 2000, PP 1794. Volume A consists of 30 chapters. For access to other chapters, please visit PP 1794-A.
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Abstract

The North Cascades Ecoregion (Omernik, 1987; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1997) covers approximately 30,421 km2 (11,746 mi2) of predominantly steep, mountainous terrain, home to peaks rising more than 3,000 m, which are carved by valleys that drop below 150 m elevation (fig. 1). The unique topography in this geographically isolated ecoregion has been shaped by glacial processes, and its deep drainage canyons have been further incised by subsequent runoff. Beautiful alpine scenery is a major feature of the ecoregion, which includes several national forests, parks, and wilderness areas such as the North Cascades National Park, the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, the Okanogan National Forest, and the Wenatchee National Forest, as well as the Pasayten Wilderness, the Glacier Peak Wilderness, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
North Cascades Ecoregion: Chapter 14 in Status and trends of land change in the Western United States--1973 to 2000
Series title:
Professional Paper
Series number:
1794-A-14
Year Published:
2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Western Geographic Science Center
Description:
Chapter 14: 8 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
Status and trends of land change in the Western United States--1973 to 2000: Volume A in Status and trends of land change in the United States--1973 to 2000 (PP 1794-A)
First page:
151
Last page:
158
Country:
United States
State:
Washington