How Many Different Ecosystems Are There In the Olympic Peninsula In Western Washington State?

Three completely different ecosystems can be found in the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington state.

Dozens of glacier capped mountains, 60 miles (97 km) of undeveloped Pacific coastline, and old growth and temperate rain forests.

Most of this region lies with the boundaries of Olympic National Park, 95 percent of which is designated as wilderness area.

In addition, the region contains eight types of plants and five kinds of animals not found anywhere else in the world.

Puget Sound is a large inlet of the Pacific Ocean that extends far into Washington State.

Ecologically rich, the sound also provides shipping access to a number of western Washington cities.

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