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Whatcom County Council wants to start a dialog on landslide hazards and I was asked to make a presentation. The following are the images from the presentation with just a few notes. John Thompson, geologist with Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood and Natural Resources will present some information as well. A strength Whatcom County has had has been staff geologists that have played a role in reducing hazard risks. I decided to start the talk with a brief overview of the […]
I had a project on the southwest shore of Marrowstone Island near the upper end of Mystery Bay. The beach here is primarily gravel at the surface but with a mix of sand and silts under the gravel as well. Except for the upper beach the tidelands here are crunchy with various tidal sea life too the point of influence where I walked.barnacle encrusted beach gravelGreat heron sharing the beach with meThe protected nature of the bay is such that the gravel remains undisturbed for long periods and […]
Trillium is an April flower and its brief appearance of large while flowers in the otherwise dark forest floor marks the change over from bare branches to the return of the western Washington jungle. The flower always just beats the leafing out of the red alder and big leaf maple.
LiDAR imagery does not extend all the way up to Glacier, Washington. As noted in my last post, the Church Mountain Landslide fills the valley floor of the North Fork Nooksack River near Glacier. DEM (digital elevation model) of Church Mountain LandslideSummit of Church Mountain is on the upper leftLumpy area in lower center filling the valley is the thicker part of the slide depositThe slide deposit extends nearly all the way to the left edge of the imageNote the change in image sharpness […]
Shortly after the Oso/Hazel slide John Stark with the Bellingham Herald contacted me and asked if Whatcom County has any comparable landslide risks. In terms of likely imminent threat, there are no sites in Whatcom County that are directly comparable to the Hazel Slide in terms of size and pending risk. The Clay Banks (nooksack-river-temporarily-blocked-by-landslide, nooksack-river-blocking-landslide-notes, further-update-on-nooksack-river/clay-banks-via-DT, and […]
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