★ Morning Star Peak
Morning Star peak is a 6.020-foot mountain peak located near the Western edge of the North cascades, in Snohomish County, Washington. It is located 2.5 miles southwest of Barlow pass along the mountain Loop highway, near the Monte Cristo area. It is located on land managed by the mount Baker-Snoqualmie National forest. The nearest higher neighbor is Sperry peak, located 1 mile to the Northwest. Precipitation flows from the South side of the mountain to the Sultan river, and from the North to the upper Stillaguamish river. July - September offer the most favorable weather for climbing this mountain.
1. Climate. (Климат)
Morning Star peak is located in the marine climate zone of the West coast of Western North America. Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific ocean and move northeast toward the cascade mountains. As the fronts approach the North cascades, they are pushed up by the peaks of the cascade range, forcing them to dump their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall on the cascades of the Orographic lift. As a result, the Western side of the North cascades receives a lot of precipitation, especially in the winter months in the form of snowfall. Due to its temperate climate and proximity to the Pacific ocean, areas West of the cascade range very rarely experience temperatures below 0 °F -18 °C or above 80 °f 27 °C. During the winter months, the weather is usually cloudy, but due to high pressure systems over the Pacific ocean that intensify during the summer months, there is often little or no cloud cover during the summer. Due to the Maritime influence, snow tends to be wet and heavy, resulting in a high avalanche hazard.
2. Geology. (Геология)
The North cascades have one of the harshest landforms of the cascade range, with rocky peaks, ridges and deep glacial valleys. Geologic events that occurred many years ago created a diverse terrain and dramatic elevation changes over the cascade range, which led to various climatic differences. These climatic differences lead to a diversity of vegetation that defines the ecoregions in this area.
The history of the formation of the Cascade mountains goes back millions of years to the late Eocene epoch. As the North American plate dominated the Pacific plate, episodes of volcanic magma activity persisted. Glacier peak, a stratovolcano located 19 miles 31 km East-northeast of Morning Star peak, began to form in the middle of the Pleistocene. In addition, small fragments of the oceanic and continental lithosphere, called terranes, created the North cascades about 50 million years ago.
During the Pleistocene period, Dating back more than two million years ago, glaciation, advancing and retreating, repeatedly scoured the landscape, leaving deposits of stone debris. The U-shaped cross-section of the river valleys is the result of recent glaciation. Uplifts and faults combined with glaciation were the dominant processes that created the high peaks and deep valleys of the North cascades region.
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