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3/28/2007--Mt. Rainier National Park, WA, USA..Trucks from the Columbia Granite Quarry company haul giant rocks that will be dropped off the Nisqually Road (Highway 706) in Mt. Rainier National Park just south of Seattle. The rocks are intended to help rebuild parts of the road washed away by the Nisqually river during a storm in November, 2006. Many parts of the national park will stay closed, even through the summer season, due to extensive damage from the storm. The goal is to replace the earth beneath the road that the river washed away after a record 18 inches of rain fell in two days. ..Officials say the damage to popular routes through the park is unprecedented and caused in part by global warming. With glaciers retreating, sediment in rivers has built up to unprecedented levels, cause rivers to spill over faster in rain storms. Some national parks have been feeling the effects of climate change for years, including Glacier National Park in Montana and parks in Alaska...Parks in the West have been leading efforts to deal with climate change. To do so, officials say, they have to balance access and preservation. At the University of Washington, a multidepartmental collaboration known as Climate Impacts Group (CIG) puts a regional face on the global problem. In one recent report, CIG research scientist Philip Mote, together with 18 other scientists, documented the likely effects of global warming in the Northwest. Using seven different computer models to simulate future climatic conditions, they predicted more flooding in some rivers, when precipitation falls in sudden bursts of rain....COOL CITY.Seattle takes on the Global Warming Challenge.Photographs and text ©2007 Stuart Isett...In the winter of 2004 and 2005, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels was hearing alarming reports from the nearby Cascade Mountains, the stunning snow capped peaks that sit just east of the city in Washington State, in the US Pacific Northwest. Nickels?s advisers were coming to him weekly wit