Saturday, July 20, 2013

Elwha Delta

Back to the Elwha, again. And I'm sure I will be back again many more times over the next decade, watching the story play out as 100 years of sediment is released from the old reservoirs and allowed to move to the coast.

Elwha Delta:  March 2013

Our group arrived at a fairly low tide and we got to see the waves breaking on the sweeping bar that has formed offshore.  For the last couple of months, the river has been taking taking a sharp left as it reaches the Strait and flowing west along the beach, although I'm sure this won't last.

The amount of deposition offshore is impressive and suggests the scale of changes still to come.

For more information about the changes, see:
The Coast Nerd Gazette 

Google Maps: AERIAL VIEW
Ecology Coastal Atlas:  2006 AERIAL PHOTO

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