Tag Archives: British Columbia

Accretionary Wedge: Guidebooks Galore!

For the August 2013 Accretionary Wedge #59, I asked anyone who reads geology guides, goes on geotourism adventures, or collects fieldtrips to review their books for the good, the bad, and the downright handy. Hollis Marriott of In the Company … Continue reading

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Literal GeoSign

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Lytton, BC is home to the only geosign I know of that is actually a sign made of geology. The jellyroll is a geologic structure made by a submarine slump. This monstrous example was uncovered at a local gravel mine, … Continue reading

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Avalanche Awareness Days

The third week in January is designated for Avalanche Awareness in Canada, just in time to give a reality check to all the new adventurers lured into the backcountry by spectacular weather. In recent decades, recreational users are more likely … Continue reading

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Volcanism on the Sea-to-Sky Highway

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The Sea-to-Sky between Vancouver and Whistler showcases some gorgeous geology. Volcanics cut into fjords by glaciers lead to epic landslide hazards (and equally epic mitigation measures), but north of Squamish the terrain is a bit less harsh and the lava … Continue reading

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Field Photo: Kitimat, BC

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Location: Central coastal British Columbia, Canada Access: Decommissioned forest service road; it’s crown land and you’re permitted, but it’s a strange hike to do for fun. Geologic Setting: Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains in the Western System of the … Continue reading

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Geotourism: Lighthouse Park, BC

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Lighthouse Park is located in West Vancouver, BC, accessible by the #250 bus route. The shoreline is primarily quartz diorite, the exposed roots of long-eroded volcanoes from this subduction zone’s violently volcanic past. The granite is cut with (much younger) … Continue reading

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Fly-By Geomorphology: Kitsault River

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I’ve been flying over the Kitsault River a few times a day for three weeks. The last 24+ hours of rain increased the sediment load, changing the river from clear blue to muddy brown. The water level also increased, filling … Continue reading

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Fly-By Geomorphology: Meander Scrolls

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Fly-By Geomorphology: U-Shaped Valley

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