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A fair bit of my geology work could be described as a bit random (sort of like my blog posts). My field work is dictated by where projects take me. There is no inherent focus on solving some great geologic puzzle. Just an accumulation of random observations that sometimes may coalesce into a bigger picture understanding. And some observations though interesting to me, may have no relevance to the reason I am at a location. These later observations allow me to do a little theory with no worries […]
Congratulations to Scott Linneman for his Carnegie Award as Professor of the Year. One of the percs of living in a university town is the chance to get some excellent continuing education. Scott has contributed to my being a better geologist. The video is a nice clip of Scott and his students at one of my favorite natural disasters, the Swift Creek Landslide (go to labels on the side bar of this blog and click Swift Creek).
Pumice/scoria distribution is a side a business for a trucking company that otherwise specializes in agricultural trucking services. This scoria is a Washington State product from the Goldendale area. The Cascades of south-central Washington better reflect what one might call the pure Cascade Range - a broad uplift covered with volcanoes including considerable number of cinder cones. The North Cascades are really a multiple tectonic […]
Heading back from a rather nasty bit of weather today I noted the the rail line near Deming was getting some heavy duty maintenance. Lots of new ties and rails. I have to admit that the amount of drippage or bleeding from the new ties caught my attention. And like many Washington State residences, trains have been part of the news for the past few years with coal export trains passing through the state and oil rail cars supplying refineries in the State with oil from the new fields in North […]
A little more background on the Clay Bank Landslide on the Nooksack River: LiDAR from 2006#1 is the slide area that was active from the late 1990s through 2010. A lobe of landslide debris can be seen protruding out onto the riparian area at the time of the image. The sharp bend in the former main channel aimed directly at the active slide area can be seen. By the time of the LiDAR image the river had shifted and the sharp levee lined bend was an abandoned […]
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