Friday, March 27, 2015

Medicine Beach

This small swash-aligned beach lies at the head of Bedwell Harbor on North Pender Island, just down the hill from Slow Coast Coffee, a small but important reference point during our three day visit.

Eroding sedimentary beds at the east end of the beach shed blocky cobbles that quickly gave way to more rounded gravels down the beach - although I didn't investigate whether this was due to dilution (with glacial gravels) or rounding (by breakage and abrasion).


The distant view (with Salt Spring Island in the background) is from Mount Norman on South Pender.

The beach shelters a small back-barrier marsh - protected as a natural reserve.

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