Sunday, January 12, 2014

Geo 730: Jan. 12, Day 377: Mary Adams Peacock Memorial Bridge

This was another random stop, at the bridge just west of Gasquet (GAS-key), California. A nice little pull-out with a bathroom, but unfortunately, it didn't look like there were any good bedrock exposures. We didn't clamber down to the river. This was, at the time it was built (1932), the only bridge in California named after a woman. Some other biographical notes on this woman can be found here, in the middle of the article.

Incidentally, I've forgotten to explicitly remark on this up to now, but remember how I kept complaining about how the coast was so windy, cloudy and cold? We're pretty well out of the redwood zone here (they end at about Hiouchi), though still on the edge of coastal climatic influence, but the rest of this day was gloriously sunny and warm. It was a much appreciated change. If you glance over the climatic data for Gasquet at the first link, you can see that average temperatures are moderate year-round, with fairly small differences between average highs and average lows each month. This tells you that the climate here still has a very strong marine influence, but it becomes markedly less as you drive inland.

The sheeted dike component of the Josephine Ophiolite is pretty much restricted to the segment of the river between this bridge and downstream to the bridge just above the confluence of the north and south forks.

Photo unmodified. May 8, 2013. FlashEarth Location. Indexed

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