Wednesday, April 14, 2010
USA - Washington - Olympic National Park (1)
Sent by Maggie, a postcrosser from Seattle, Washington. This postcard shows the Olympic National Park in Washington, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Olympic National Park is isolated from other mountain ranges and surrounded by the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound; this isolation has allowed the development of endemic species, including Olympic marmot, 4 subspecies of other mammals, 2 subspecies of trout, and 12 species or varieties of plant. 11 major river systems drain the Olympic mountains, offering some of the best habitat for anadromous fish species (such as salmon that live their lives in the sea and migrate to a freshwater river to spawn) in the country.