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Turtleback ComplexThis bit of Turtleback Complex is from the southwest of Orcas Island. The Geologic Map of the Washington Portion of the RocheHarbor1:100,000 Quadrangle, Washington (Logan, 2003) indicates the bedrock where this sample was picked up is pre Devonian intrusive rocks of the Turtleback Complex. Much of the Logan (2003) map in the vicinity of the property is derived from mapping and rock descriptions of Vance (1975). Logan notes a lead/uranium date from a […]
Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council published a clear statement in the Bellingham Herald regarding the Lummi position on the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/28/3874993/lummi-concerned-for-environment.html?sp=/99/122/. Besides the position on the proposed terminal, Chairman Ballew is articulating a broader long term view about the tribal rights of hunting and fishing at the usual and accustomed grounds. It was well […]
Columbia River Basalt capping older Miocene and Oligocene rocksLots of basalt covers much of eastern Washington south of the great bend in the Columbia River. The basalt is part of a large igneous province, one of the largest out pourings magma in the world. What is under all that basalt? On the north, one can get peaks along the thin parts of the Columbia River Basalt Group along the northern margin of the massive flows near the Columbia River. This includes a favorite spot HERE and […]
I was doing some of my volunteer work on the Whatcom County Surface Mining Advisory Committee (SMAC). One of the issues we are dealing with is trying to balance the new goals and policy with the fact Whatcom County ended what the then county geologist referred to as Pac-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man) miningPac-Man mining was a means of avoiding Department of Natural Resource mining and restoration permitting by keeping the size of the mine under 3 acres. After mining 3 acres, […]
It was inevitable. Fall has arrived.
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