Saturday, October 11, 2014

Geo 730: October 11, Day 649: Boiler Bay Breakers

A final shot of the ocean from Boiler Bay State Park, though I have one more shot from the park tomorrow. It looks as if a breccia/conglomerate in the foreground overlies a more uniform sandstone on the shore. To sum up my take on this spot, if I was to plan a trip to look at key geologic sites along the central Oregon Coast, this isn't a spot I would even consider. The geology is quite simple, and not terribly illuminating; it just doesn't tell you very much. And that's before you take into account that (while it's physically possible) you simply can't get a good close-up look at it; all the outcrops are on the other side of the fence. There's ample reasons for keeping people off those areas, at least during foul weather and rough seas, but it's still frustrating for a geology enthusiast.

On the other hand, it's awfully pretty, and there are some nice features that, even though you can't look as closely as you might like, are nevertheless fun to see. If you're on a relaxed sight-seeing trip, and time isn't a major constraint, I'd definitely recommend it as as 20-30 minute amble.

Photo unmodified. July 15, 2014. FlashEarth Location.

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