Scenic USA - Washington
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka
A perennial snowfield, called the Elwha Snowfinger, is re-created every winter and spring in the Dodwell Rixon Pass area by upper pass avalanches. Here in the Olympic Range, within the Olympia National Park, the Elwha Snowfinger provides an icy flow of water to the 45 mile Elwha River. Long before the Washington Territory was ceded by Britain, the free flowing Elwha provided a vital habitat to 400,000 salmon as they returned to spawn. Blocked by the Elwha Dam in 1927, fewer than 4000 salmon manage to spawn in the lower Elwha.
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