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Taking a break from the basalt and sandstone of the surf area (though you can still see a bit a blue from the bay at the top), this is a close-up of the wall along the sidewalk of the Depoe Bay waterfront. I would describe this as cavernous weathering, with ribs between pits forming in vesicular (bubbly) basalt.Photo unmodified. July 10, 2012. FlashEarth location.
One notable feature of the Depoe Bay basalts is the way the pillows are interbedded with sediments. In some spots, such as this one, the pillows appear to be completely surrounded by, and supported in, the sandstone. My best guess would be that discrete pillows formed on the sea floor, then foundered into the underlying unconsolidated sediment. Alternatively, they might be invasive- that is the pillows may have formed by intrusion of lava into the sediment below- but that seems less likely, to […]
Somewhere in the OR/WA/ID tri-state area, a spring surfaced in the Miocene. The liquid did as liquids will, and flowed downhill, rushing across the landscape. Gurgling, bubbling, and chortling across the territory later to become known as Oregon, it charged toward its confluence with the great basin of saltwater we now call the Pacific Ocean. When the torrent finally reached that shore, it playfully plunged in.And froze solid.Because this was no ordinary, aqueous, spring, but a vast cauldron of […]
Looking more or less north from the southern end of the city of Depoe Bay, in the foreground we see the basalt of Depoe Bay. The buff cliffs under the buildings in the distance are composed of sandstone, referred to as the sandstone of Whale Cove (a small cove just to the south), and the darker rocks out on the point are made of Cape Foulweather basalt. Overall, this represents a pair of Columbia River Basalt flows separated by an interval of sedimentation. It wouldn't surprise me to find that […]
Looking south-southwest from fnder the Depoe Bay Bridge, you can see the narrow notch the fleet must navigate to get into and out of the harbor. As hair-raising a prospect as that sounds to me, the lack of major currents- even those of tides, due to the restricted size of the basin- means that it's probably a less complicated and risky proposition than in larger estuaries. I'm pretty much guessing here, but I've heard stories about "crossing the bar" from several other Oregon locations, […]
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