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  1. Washington State The Other Washington Spencer Houck

  2. Common Misconception • There are two places in the United States named after our first president: George Washington • Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) Our Capital • Washington State, where I live!

  3. Statistics • Population: 6,664,195 • 13th Most Populated State • Area:184,827 km2 • 18th Largest State • France=551,695 km2 • Washington=about 1/3 of the Area of Metropolitan France

  4. Seattle: 612,000: King County Spokane: 204,200: Spokane County Tacoma: 204,200: Pierce County Vancouver: 165,500: Clark County Bellevue: 122,900: King County All of these cities except for Spokane are in Western Washington. A “County” is a region of government similar to Departments in France Population Centers

  5. Seattle • My City! • Located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington • About 160km South of the Canadian Border and about 225km South of Vancouver B.C. • 15th Largest Metropolitan Area in the U.S.

  6. Seattle Landmarks • Pike Place Market • Qwest Field: Home of the Seattle Seahawks (American Football) and the Seattle Sounders (MLS Football) • Safeco Field: Home of the Seattle Mariners (Baseball)

  7. Seattle Landmarks

  8. Starbucks Coffee: Coffee Amazon.com: Books and CD’s Boeing: American Manufacturer of Airplanes (only competition of Airbus) Microsoft: Computer Programs Costco: American Equivalent of Carrefour Nintendo of America: Video Games Nordstrom: Clothes Businesses Founded in Seattle

  9. Seattle Businesses

  10. Culture • Historical Home to Grunge Music • Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit • Birthplace of Jimmy Hendrix • Pearl Jam • Death Cab for Cutie • Modest Mouse • Hip/Hop-Rap has a unique style in

  11. Seattle Industry • Besides our famous businesses the majority of Seattle Industry is Maritime (with the Ocean), Biotechnology, and “Green Technology.” • Biotechnology: Making pharmaceutical products (Capsules and Pills for Sicknesses) • Green Technology: Making things more environmentally Friendly

  12. The Space Needle • Seattle’s Most Famous Landmark • Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair • Located in the Seattle Center Fairgrounds • Site of Fireworks for celebrating the New years

  13. Mt. Rainier • Largest mountain in Washington State: 14,410 Feet (4,392m) • Just Smaller than Mont. Blanc • One of the five Active Volcanoes of Washington in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”

  14. Volcanoes • Mt. St. Helens • Erupted in 1980 • One of the largest eruptions in modern history • Picture is of my father on top of Mt. Rainier looking southwest to Mt. St. Helens in 1979, the year before it erupted

  15. The Olympics • Second Major Mountain Range in Washington State. • 95% of Area is a National Park thus is remains undisturbed • Located on the Olympic Peninsula • Eastern Skyline is seen from Seattle

  16. Olympic Mountains

  17. Rain Forest • The Olympic peninsula is home to the wettest place in the United States • Hoh Rain Forest receives over 150 inches (3800mm) of rain per year (Chambery receives 1,136mm per year) • Temperate Rainforest unlike rainforest in the Amazon in Brazil

  18. Puget Sound • Small piece of the Pacific Ocean located between the Olympic Peninsula and Washington Mainland • Left over from the last Ice Age~10,000 years ago • Very important to trade and industry in Washington

  19. San Juan Islands • Located in Puget Sound • 15 Islands are accessible by ferry • Very popular summer vacation destination • Other islands are shared with Canada • Almost the site of a war between the British and Americans

  20. San Juan Islands

  21. The Cascades • Major Mountain Range that runs from Mexico to Alaska • Smaller than the Alps but just as rugged and wild • Less than an hour by car from most major cities in Western Washington • Separates Western and Eastern Washington

  22. Cascade Mountains • Location of the Mountains is what distinguishes Western from Eastern Washington (wet vs. dry) • Great skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and all outdoor sports

  23. Cascade Mountains

  24. Hunting and Fishing • Hunting is a past-time (loisirs) of many people in the Pacific Northwest • Hunt for Deer, Elk, and Various Birds • Fishing for Trout and Salmon in our Many Rivers

  25. Eastern Washington • Heart of Washington’s Agriculture • Largest Producer of Apples in the United States • Heart of Washington Wine Country • Good Hunting and Fishing on the East side of the Cascade Mountains

  26. Columbia River • Largest River in the Pacific Northwest • Begins in the Rocky Mountains of Canada and ends at the Border of Washington and Oregon • Drains an Area the Size of France

  27. Hanford Nuclear Project • Built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project • Site of the first full-scale plutonium Reactor in the world • Focus of the largest environmental cleanup effort in the United States (extremely polluted)

  28. University of Washington • First University in Washington State • Rated the 8th Best Public University in the United States • Home to the Washington Huskies • Located in the Heart of Seattle

  29. Western Washington University • My University! • Located in Bellingham, Washington at the top of Puget Sound • 45minutes by car from Vancouver B.C. • Closest City to Mt. Baker Home of the world record snowfall in the 1998-1999 Winter 1140inches(28,956mm)