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Guided geology field trip by Dave Tucker: Baker River trail June 8th

Dear friends,

An alluvial fan is perfectly exposed in cross section along the Baker River trail.

An alluvial fan is perfectly exposed in cross-section along the Baker River trail.

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is offering a field trip up the Baker River on June 8th. It is a fundraiser for the non-profit, and I’ll be leading it, along with Doug McKeever (Whatcom Community College) and Sue Madsen (Skagit Fisheries Enhancement).

Highlights include:

  • Shuksan greenschist (metamorphosed subducted seafloor basalt) which is the local bedrock;
  • new salmon restoration facilities;
  • an active alluvial fan;
  • river erosion and deposition;
  • a great variety of rocks in river bars;
  • rock slides;
  • a fantastic ‘faerie forest’ of lichen-draped maples.
  • If the weather be good- fabulous views into the heart of the North Cascades.

Cost is $75, includes van transport and a trip guide.

For info and registration, go to:

http://mbvrc.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/mbvrc-geology-field-trip-june-8th-geo-potpourri-plus-salmon-ecology/

An unnamed waterfall plummets hundreds of feet over a wall of metamorphic bedrock along the trail. Click to enlarge any photo.

An unnamed waterfall plummets hundreds of feet over a wall of metamorphic bedrock along the trail. Click to enlarge any photo.

Guided Geology Field Trip: Scott Paul Trail, Mount Baker, August 28.

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center announces a guided geology field trip on the Scott Paul Trail, guided by Dave Tucker (WWU-MBVRC) and Doug McKeever (WCC-MBVRC).

Tuesday, August 28, all day.

7.5 miles, 2000′ elevation gain.

Cost is $75 donation to MBVRC’s nonprofit research and education fund.

Soil profile along Scott Paul Trail: Schreibers Meadow cinder cone scoria, and volcanic ash from Crater Lake caldera and Mount Baker. Click to enlarge.

The trip visits volcanic and glacial deposits, as well as wonderful alpine scenery in the high meadows.

Full details on the MBVRC blog: http://mbvrc.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/guided-geology-field-trip-scott-paul-trail-on-mount-baker/

Registration is first come, first served. Register via email:

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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.

Cheers,

Dave Tucker