Why is the River White?

Why is the River White? (HM1L3D)

Location: Enumclaw, WA 98022 Pierce County
Country: United States of America

N 47° 3.166', W 121° 34.325'

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Scenic Skookum Falls

— Mather Memorial Parkway —

Why is the River White? Particles the size and color of plaster
dust give the White River its distinctive
pale hue. These particles are what geologists call "glacial flour"—a fitting name for the pulverized rock from the Emmons glacier's slow-moving mill wheel. Meltwater from the Emmons glacier high on Mt. Rainier, fills the White River for its first mile or two.
The White River and its tributaries support five runs of anadromous fish, including Sockeye, Coho, and Chinook salmon.

Scenic Skookum Falls.
The breathtaking view of Skookum Falls (to the upper right of this panel) has enthralled visitors for
many hundreds of years. The word Skookum means "strong" in the Chinook jargon of the early European traders.
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HM NumberHM1L3D
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Placed ByMt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
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Date Added Monday, June 15th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 608450 N 5212017
Decimal Degrees47.05276667, -121.57208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 47° 3.166', W 121° 34.325'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds47° 3' 9.96" N, 121° 34' 19.5" W
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Area Code(s)253, 360, 206
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near WA-410, Enumclaw WA 98022, US
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