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MBVRC Geology field trip offered, North Nooksack River

Columnar andesite of the Pinus Lake lava flow towers above the Baker Highway east of Nooksack Falls. Click to enlarge the photo

Here’s a reminder to sign up for the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center field trip to volcanic rocks and landslides in the North Fork Nooksack River (Whatcom County) on August 8th. The cost is $75, which includes a guide and van transportation from Bellingham. Proceeds support the MBVRC research fund. Van seats are limited, so reserve your seat quickly.

The trip will visit the towering and beautiful lava columns of the Pinus Lake lava above Nooksack Falls, Nooksack Falls themselves, the huge Church Mountain Landslide that swept the site of the town of Glacier only years, and other local geology sites depending on interest and time.

The trip will be led by Whatcom Community College geologist Doug McKeever. For a full description, photos, and sign up information, please visit the MBVRC blog post about the field trip.

Reserve a seat now by sending an email to:

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Please include ‘field trip’ in the subject line. Subscribe to this or the MBVRC blog to be the first to hear of more geology trips offered later this summer and fall.


Dave Tucker

First MBVRC field trip of 2012

The first Mount Baker Volcano Research Center geology field trip of 2012 is announced over on the MBVRC blog.

The Pinus Lake lava towers 600′ above the Baker Highway east of Nooksack Falls. Click to enlarge any photo

The trip will head up the North Fork Nooksack and visit the Pinus Lake lava flow, the Wells Creek formation (subducted sea floor basalt), the gigantic Church Mountain Landslide, an older and larger version of the Racehorse Creek landslide, and Nooksack Falls. The trip will be led by Doug McKeever, geology Professor at Whatcom Community College. The first ten people have already signed up and the trip will reach its limit of 26 quickly so click here to  learn more about the trip and how to sign up.