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Whenever we talk about volcanoes, hills, mountains, or other extremely high locations, elevation is one of the most important geographical statistics to take into account. Elevation, which is most commonly measured in feet or meters, tells us how high an area is in relation to sea level and can have various uses and effects. For instance, areas with very high elevations can induce altitude sickness in visitors and may have much colder temperatures than low elevation locations. The elevation of Mount St Helens is interesting as it has changed dramatically in recent decades.
Before the 1980 eruption, the elevation of Mount St Helens was 9,677 feet (2,950 m), making it one of the top five highest mountains in all of the state, but it got reduced down to 8,363 feet (2,549 m) after the eruption due to a debris avalanche that left a huge crater in the top of Mount St Helens. The mountain is therefore no longer even in the top fifty points in Washington State, but is still very highly elevated. The highest point in all of Washington is Mount Rainier, which is the highest mountain in the Cascade Range in the Pacific Northwest and has an elevation of 14,417 feet (4,394 m). The lowest point in the state of Washington is technically the Pacific Ocean, which is at sea level.
The state of Washington has a mean elevation of 1,700 feet (520 m), with many of its major cities and towns being located at quite low elevations. The highest city in the state is Waterville, located in Douglas County and sitting at an elevation of 2,622 feet (799 m). The state biggest city, Seattle, has an average elevation of 170 feet (52 m). Other major cities in the state include Spokane, which has an elevation of 1,843 feet (562 m), Tacoma, which has an elevation of 243 feet (74 m), and Vancouver, which has an elevation of 171 feet (52 m).
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