Olympic National Park Essay

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Olympic National Park Where else in the world can one combine snow skiing, hiking along a coastline and soaking in mineral pools in the same day than Olympic National Park? The park is located in the northwestern part of the state of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, about ninety miles from Seattle. Because of its beauty, this area officially named after the mythical home of the Greek Gods in 1792. Olympic National Park offers almost one million acres and three different ecosystems to explore sub-alpine, coastal, and forest. Wiry grasses and wild flowers stripe the rocky ledges of the alpine capped with a white covering of snow. Wilderness coastlines are scattered with driftwood as the tide rises and falls with the sun. Ancient forests soak in the rainfall and offer a lush carpet of moss and lacy ferns under a ceiling of spruce, cedar, fir, and hemlock. Adventure, solitude, peace, and beauty are just a few of the offerings that attract over four million visitors annually. The matchless trio of ecosystems provides endless opportunity for activities for every family and level of fitness, from whale watching to winter snowboarding. Along with these ecosystems comes a vast array of plants and animals that inhabit the park that seems to be a world all its own. Mild temperatures and protected lands provide a safe habitat for wildlife with a large variety of amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. The park is home to over 200 species of birds and 70 species of mammals. Olympic National Park is home to the largest heard of Roosevelt elk. Also not found anywhere else in the world is the parks unique animals and plants. The Olympic snow mole, the Olympic marmot, the Olympic torrent salamander, and the flower known as the Piper’s bellflower are all exclusive to park. The parks wildlife attracted traders and explorers in the late seventeen hundreds and on into the

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