Thursday, April 11, 2013

Geo 365: April 11, Day 101: Churning Away

Looking toward the end of Devil's Churn, you can't really see the sea cave eroded out of the mountainside due to the way the shadow is falling. The photo I posted January 3rd shows the fault that created the weaker zone along which this feature was carved, and was pointed more or less toward where I'm standing for this shot. The current configuration funnels the waves' energy tighter as they pass through the churn. We were here at low tide, but at high tide, with rough seas, this can be a spectacular (and very frightening- at those times, I just stay on the stairway) spot. The sea cave gets almost explosive as the waves crash into it, and the grinding of the cobbles and gravel on its floor sounds like a subway, or some angry beast growling, down in the bowels of the earth.

Photo unmodified. September 21, 2010. FlashEarth Location.

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