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More on Middle Fork Nooksack debris flow

By Dave Tucker  June 7, 2013

Photo by John Scurlock. Explanation on the link to today's MBVRC blog post.

Photo by John Scurlock. Explanation on the link to today’s MBVRC blog post.

The source of the debris flow in the Middle Fork Nooksack River is now believed to be a large landslide rather than a glacial outburst flood. This is based on new aerial photos provided by John Scurlock and Steph Abegg. The updated post is on the MBVRC blog.

There is video I made when I visited the deposits two days ago. See it here on YouTube. Shows the extent of the debris flow deposit at the Ridley Creek ford.

And another YouTube video shows a volcanic debris flow [a.k.a. ‘lahar’] raging down a valley in Indonesia. It is probably similar to the Middle Fork flow, except considerably smaller.

There will be another visit to the deposit Sunday AM early by a geologic team to begin serious study of the deposits and to try to begin estimating volume, velocity and other parameters of the May 31 debris flow. There will probably be an update posted on the MBVRC blog, so if you don’t already subscribe to it, consider doing so.

Mount Baker calendars! Scurlock photos!

The 2013 Mount Baker calendar features aerial views by John Scurlock. Click to enlarge.

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is selling 2013 calendars featuring photos of Mount Baker. Each month has either a stunning aerial view by John Scurlock, or a geologic feature by Dave Tucker. Calendars are full-color, 11″ x 17″ [opened] and cost $25. Some important dates in Mount Baker history are included.

Order your calendar from the online printer/retailer Lulu. Go directly to the Lulu MBVRC calendar page ,where you can also preview the photos in the calendar. Holidays are approaching [hint, hint] so buy as many as you wish. Proceeds support the MBVRC research and education fund. The calendar can also be seen on the MBVRC post. Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

100 years of change on Mount Baker featured in Nov. 5th Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Herald Nov 5, 2012. Click to enlarge

Read the Bellingham Herald article (front page, above the fold in the ‘hard copy’) about the two Mount Baker photos taken 100 years apart. The 1912 photo was taken by E.D. Welsh, the 2012 photo by John Scurlock.

The commemorative posters are for sale by MBVRC as  a fundraiser for the research program.

100 years of glacial change at Mount Baker; fundraiser poster for sale.

The 1912 Welsh photo at top, and the 2012 Scurlock re-created photo below. Click to enlarge.

Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is selling 20 x 30 ” posters showing a fantastic 1912 photo of the entire south side of Mount Baker, and the re-created photograph taken by John Scurlock 100 years later. The photos were taken from the summit of Loomis Mountain, south of the volcano and show much detail. Glacial recession is remarkable. Hop on over to the MBVRC website to see the poster, see some details about changes that 100 years have wrought, and learn how to order one. PLEASE PASS THIS POST TO OTHERS to help raise funds for a good cause- the MBVRC research and scholarship fund.


John Scurlock Snow & Spire photo presentation- Burke Museum, Seattle

The Heart of the Distant Mountain – Photographic Flights across Western North America

Mount Shuksan in winter, from Snow & Spire.

Join photographer and pilot John Scurlock, author of Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range. for  a presentation of his winter aerial photos in the North Cascades and the mountains of western North America.

Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Burke Museum
Free admission and open to everyone!

The doors open at 6:30pm; program starts at 7pm at the Burke Museum in the U District at the corner of 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St. Come early to get seats, and look at or purchase John’s new book.

Flying in his home-built airplane, John has amassed an amazing collection of photos of the mountains of the Northwest — jagged peaks, hundreds of glaciers, and vast untouched land as far as the eye can see. John’s stunning images and hair-raising tales have been assembled into a new book, Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range, which is drawing praise far and wide.

The cover of Snow and Spire.

This presentation is hosted by Methow Conservancy. John has contributed photographs to both Northwest Geology Field Trips and Mount Baker Volcano Research Center.

* From I-5, exit east onto NE 45th Street. Travel east on NE 45th Street to 17th Avenue NE. Turn right onto 17th. The museum will be immediately on your right.

* From Highway 520, exit north onto Montlake Boulevard NE. Turn left onto NE Pacific Street. Turn right and head north on 15th Avenue NE. Turn right and head east on NE 45th St. Take your next right on 17th Avenue NE. The museum will be immediately on your right.

Parking is available at the Burke Museum for $5 after 5pm