National Geographic : 1960 Apr
multipurpose storage dams are controversial. And there's the problem of backing storage water up into Canada. "That's why we've gone into thermal re search. Washington has 63 billion tons of coal reserves. Our first coal-fired steam plant will go in at Cle Elum on the eastern slopes of the Cascades." In the Tacoma office of the U. S. Geological Survey, a young glaciologist threw unexpected light on the subject of water resources. Mark Meier's crew cut head is often literally above the clouds, but he had a lot of practical things to say about power locked in ice. A glacier is a big frozen reservoir, self regulating at that. In a cool, wet year it stores water as ice. In a warm, dry year heavy runoff restores the flow of dried-up streams. "Can glacial melting be artificially regu lated?" I asked. "The Russians and Chinese have tried it," Meier said. "They spread soot on the ice in Standing on Mount Constitution, visi tors to Moran State Park, Orcas Island, look across evergreen-studded islets to the mainland. Orcas is in the San Juans, 172 specks of land at the mouth of Puget Sound. Sizzling hotdogs reward the Phil Simon family after.a cruise to Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, whose 2,000 square miles of water delight weekend sailors. The sound offers shoreside parks, concrete landing ramps, sunny beaches, and 95 kinds of food fish. Thousands of small craft cleave placid 458 bays and inlets in good weather.