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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.

Racehorse Landslide fossils

A fossil tree fern and a modern sword fern from the Racehorse Creek landslide.

Here’s a place to collect 50-million-year old plant fossils from the Chuckanut Formation. The Racehorse Creek landslide, which occurred in January of 2009, has left a lot of small, fossil-bearing rock slabs in the rubble. The field trip description is here on Northwest Geology Field Trips.

Visiting Korean earth science teachers hunt for fossils.