Mt Baker Volcanic Mudflow: Pathway and deposits of the ca. 5900-year-old Middle Fork Nooksack
Please join Dave Tucker, Mount Baker researcher at Western Washington University for the next Mount Baker Volcano Research Center guided field trip.
The focus is the pathway and deposits of the ca. 5900-year-old Middle Fork Nooksack
lahar (volcanic mudflow), the largest one known from the volcano's geologic record. The trip is geared for a popular audience, although geologists and hazards/risk management professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. This trip will likely fill quickly so please book without delay.
The group will go to the
end of the road in the Middle Fork and hike a few hundred yards on a trail to the river, where we will also see house sized boulders and terrace deposits of the very impressive and little known 1927 Deming Glacier outburst flood ('jokulhlaup'). We will examine other lahar deposits in the valley, and follow the path of the big lahar as far as the Everson area, where we will discuss its likely path into the Fraser via Sumas and Abbotsford.
At another stop, we may need to bushwhack easily for 100 m or so if the river is too high to see large logs in the lahar deposit. We will discuss impacts of a repeat event, which could again enter Canada via Sumas River.
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This trip is a fundraiser for MBVRC, a nonprofit organization that supports volcano research and public education.
The next Mount Baker Volcano Research Center guided field trip will be Saturday, July 16 Depart Bellingham at 9 AM, return late afternoon.
Price is $75 US per person, $50 if you were on the 2011 Baker Lake trip. Student price is $50.
To reserve, or for queries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your place will be reserved when payment is received, and rendezvous
information will be emailed to you. The simplest method of payment of our Canadian neighbors is pay via PayPal. The MBVRC account for deposits is our email address, above.
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