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I have put up a few recent posts on a number of Washington's glaciers:mount-baker-glacial-ice-lossblue-glacier-and-olympic-range-glacierscolumbia-glacier-monte-cristo-peakalpine-lakes-glaciers-daniels-foss-iceJon Riedel of North Cascades National Park is one of several geologists monitoring glaciers in Washington State. This video shows some of that work and some of that hard to reach landscape of our state. And it puts a face to those geologists that have been doing this hard detailed […]
The gopher camp for Mima Mound formation has another paper out Biotic origin of Mima Mounds supported by numerical modeling.Mima Mounds are named for Washington States Mima Praire south of Olympia. However, Mima Mounds are found in many other areas including extensive areas in eastern Washington. They have been driving geologists crazy for 100 years or more.Gophers have been suggested for the formation of the mounds. Not a single gopher wanting to build a large mound, but multiple […]
This YouTube video is described by the poster as "A one-sided, out of sequence, out of context, hopefully slightly humorous collage of the Bellingham City Council's vote to approve the Waterfront Development Plan." The plan is a redevelopment scheme that most revolves around the former paper mill site on the City's waterfront.I suppose the lack of context is for all those that have no idea what the Bellingham City Council was voting on and how they ever got themselves into the position of […]
Cold Creek is the largest dry watershed in Washington based on my meanderings and map reviews. The Cold Creek watershed drains off of the eastern south slope of Umtanum Ridge and the north slopes of the Rattlesnake Hills and Rattlesnake Mountain. Cold Creek drainage area outlined in blueThe drainage path is from west to eastThe watershed happens to be located in the driest area of Washington State with annual rainfall at Hanford less than 7 inches. Most of the drainages in […]
Timothy Egan discusses the San Francisco area with some emphasis on transportation dystopia-by-the-bay. Egan brings a very Pacific Northwest appreciation for landscape and compares cities devoid of diversity as being "a monoculture — as sterile as a forest of a single commercial tree species."
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