Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chuckanut Sandstone

The only area where the Cascade mountain range meets the sea are the Chuckanut Mountains. The mountains that comprise these are a geologist's dream, with everything from the sandstone pictured here to shale, conglomerate, phyllite, and stilpnomelane chunks unusual for their size. Probably the most interesting geologic items in the Chuckanut area are the number of leaf fossils from the Tertiary Period. Just take a drive down Chuckanut Road and look out your window; if you look carefully, you will see fossils of large, tropical fern-like leaves from a time when the Pacific Northwest was much warmer than it is today.

Someday I will get pictures of those. But for today, I present a picture of chuckanut sandstone-- a familiar sight to anyone who frequents Larrabee, Clayton Beach, or Teddy Bear Cove, where this was taken. Even though I've grown up around this rock, it never fails to delight me with its patterns of holes and waves. Through exposure to wind, rain, and salt water, the sandstone is carved into intricate designs. Like with clouds, it's easy to find pictures within the abstract designs.

9 comments:

  1. It's a great close up shot.
    Sounds like a pretty cool spot

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  2. Cool shot and good info as well.

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  3. What a fascinating area you live in. I love this shot. It looks so other-worldly...it could be a moon rock.

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  4. An amazing shot! Feel as if I'm looking at the moon.

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  5. I'm one for whom this sandstone is NOT common, and the photo and your explanation are very interesting. Thanks.

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  6. Bet this is a great place to explore.

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  7. It's been a long time since I've been on Chuckanut Drive. This is a neat photo; my imagination likes it, too! Love the heart!

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  8. This is beautiful. I live in Kitsap County but I never turn down a trip up to Whatcom! The Chuckanut area is my favorite part of WA. I love your blog. All your photos are wonderful.

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  9. this picture has a story or a poem in it
    would you let me borrow the pic - I will attribute to you and to your site

    you can email your reply
    moondustwriter@gmail.com

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