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11 May 2013

The latest flood on Passage Creek

We had another flood on Passage Creek on Wednesday, and into Thursday morning. Here are a few photos and GigaPans for those of you who like flood imagery: link link link Making GigaPans of the scene: Some images of the flood itself: Aftermath: http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/129490 http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/129543 http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/129569 10.3 feet¬† was the maximum gauge height this time (6 is bridge level), which means the stream is putting out 4200 cubic feet of …

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19 April 2013

Friday fold: Another from the depths of Mosaic Canyon

More folds from the charismatic Noonday Dolostone in Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California:   Annotated: Happy Friday!

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5 February 2013

After the flood

After Passage Creek receded following last week’s flood, I went down to the bridge and the floodplain to have a look around. Here’s a little bit of what I saw… Let’s start at the bridge itself. The view is to the west, and Passage Creek flows north: On the other side of the bridge, looking back in the opposite direction (that is, to the east), you can get a better …

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31 January 2013

Passage Creek in flood

After a night of torrential rain, Callan wakes to find his sole (vehicular) route to the outside world under several feet of flood water.

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30 October 2012

Passage Creek the morning after Sandy

The storm treated us well last night. We got some rain and some consistently moderate wind, but nothing insane. When I got up this morning, I checked the stream gauge online, and saw that Passage Creek was up significantly, and perhaps over the little low-water bridge that connects our house to the outside world. So I walked down there to check it out. Here’s the view from a little knoll …

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6 October 2011

The time we didn’t get stranded by the flood

Last spring, I made two visits, six days apart, to Veach Gap, a small water gap superimposed on the Massanutten Synclinorium. One was with my Field Studies in Geology one-day field course, and the second was with my Structural Geology students from George Mason University. We go there to see some lovely parasitic anticlines that decorate the larger regional synformal structure. Well, on the first trip, it rained. A lot. …

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24 May 2010

The coming flood

In January, a large landslide occurred in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan’s Karakoram Range, near the village of Attabad. Like the Madison River landslide in Montana (1959), or the Gros Ventre landslide in Wyoming (1925), a river was dammed by the slide debris, and the impounded waters began to rise. At Gros Ventre, the landslide-dammed lake overtopped the debris and caused a catastrophic flood which killed 6 people in Kelly, …

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