Phantom - Mysterious ruins by Lee Falk

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The beaver was a valuable animal and it was trapped for its thick warm fur. When non-Indian fur traders reached the Plateau, they especially wanted as many beaver furs as the Indians could supply them. However, even before the arrival of non-Indian traders, beavers were highly sought after. Rather than waste those sharp front teeth, Plateau toolmakers inserted a beaver tooth into a wooden handle and created a very sharp and efficient knife. 8888888888888888888888 needed for working hides and stripping roots and other fibers for making baskets.

The five Okanagan baskets on the left of this image and the four Salish baskets on the right demonstrate the various geometric patterns woven into baskets by the people of the Plateau region. (University of Washington) Probably the most widely used items on the Plateau were various types of baskets. The Plateau basket makers were some of the most accomplished among American Indians. They would fashion items from large baskets used to line storage pits to small baskets used to collect berries or other food.

Today, there are still many glaciers on the highest peaks of the region. In Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, there are 50 separate glaciers. On Mount Rainier, the highest peak in Washington, glaciers cover 36 square miles above the mountain’s tree line. The Carbon Glacier on Mount Rainier is 700 feet thick—the thickest in the United States—and comes to the lowest elevation of any glacier in the lower 48 states. The tops of most of the mountains of the coastal range in British Columbia are covered by extensive glaciers, many of which drain into the Fraser River watershed.

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