Monday, April 29, 2013

Ledgewood Landslide Via the Coastal Hazard Specialist

Ian Miller, Coastal Hazard Specialist for Washington Sea Grant, has a nice write up on the Ledgewood Slide on Whidbey Island. The write up includes a discussion of his process for measuring the sediment that has been added to the beach - an important component to our beaches; without landslides lots of our beaches would disappear. The post also includes a video of the shore area.

This is important baseline work that more often than not does not happen leaving grunt geologists like me to guess.

I have yet to visit the slide since it made the news, but I did get a good look at it from the Port Townsend-Keystone Ferry via binoculars. The slide is in a very active slide area and is in an area with very active erosion due to the exposure of this reach to open waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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