Mt. Rainier's 14,417-foot peak is visible for nearly one hundred miles on a good day, and is an iconic feature of the horizon in Western Washington. A strato-volcano, Mt. Rainier's present cone is one half-million years old and covered with glaciers that amount to nearly one cubic mile of ice. Though it last erupted in 1854. Rainier is still potentially active, and because of its proximity to the densely-settled Seattle-Tacoma area and the massive amount of ice that would be melted during an eruption, it poses more risk than any other volcano in the US.
This model showcases Rainier's summit and steep cone, and because we used the latest USGS high-resolution data, minor features as little as 100' wide are modeled. Little Tahoma dominates the Eastern slope, the summit crater is obvious, and crevasses in the mountain's major glaciers are even visible. If you can't see Rainier every day, or if you can, but only from one angle, put this mountain on your desk or coffee table and enjoy it whenever you like.
The Explorer series of TinyMtn models is designed to break our usual impression of mountains. We generally see mountains one at a time, from a distance, and from the ground. While all TinyMtn models give you a fresh perspective on any one peak, the Explorer series presents mountains in identical scale, and shifted up so that sea level is at the bottom of the base. Thus, when you set two Explorer models next to each other, you will immediately notice which is taller, which rises more from its base, which is more massive, and so on. Plus, all Explorer models come in full color, making them just that much more realistic.
Model scale is 1:250000
Model covers an area approximately 7.8 by 7.8 miles
Altitudes covered: 4109' to 14417'
There is no vertical exaggeration applied to this model. This is a true-to-life scale model of a real place.
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TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "Sandstone" and "White Strong and Flexible" materials. This model is in "Sandstone," which is a glued gypsum material. When you receive the model it will be ready for display, though it may smell funny and need some time to air out. "Sandstone" models are much more brittle than "White Strong and Flexible" models, but feel more like light stone. Do not soak it in water, though you can safely seal it with Polycrylic or a similar water-based clear spray sealant. Read more about this popular material here.
These models have been optimized for the above materials, and are not offered in other materials for strength or cost reasons. If you need one in another material, please contact us and we'll do our best to fulfill your request.
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
Source of digital elevation data: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/