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Unusual and Unpleasant Unearthed by Oregon
|4,000-year-old stumps are beginning to appear south of Newport (photo
(Newport, Oregon) – The crazy tales are beginning
to come in about what washed in with the recent massive storm surges on
the Oregon coast. But more striking is what has been uncovered.
Lots of wave action creates a kind of scouring on the beaches,
where sand is skimmed out and the sand levels sometimes lessen dramatically.
It is estimated sands on the north coast have been lowered by as much
as four feet since the fall.
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This annual scouring of sand has already unearthed 4,000-year-old
stumps in the Cape Lookout area. A similar stretch of stumps about the
same age are constantly visible at Neskowin, but more of them are currently
|Stumps and root systems in Newport as they appeared in 2007
Such so-called “ghost forests” are showing
up just south of Newport, near Waldport, on a beach one mile north of
Lost Creek State Park. Photographs taken by Newport’s Guy DiTorrice
show the area – called Thiel Creek – with large, rock-like
structures jutting out of the sand at odd angles.
These are not basalt, and they feel like very wet wood
to the touch.
These ghost forests are about 4,000 years old, and the
remnants of a patch of trees that was swallowed by sand, mud or the sea
rather abruptly, usually over a period of years, as some change in the
landscape allowed this to happen. This killed the forest, but also preserved
the trees in the salt water, instead of decaying as they normally would
out in the open.
|Thiel Creek stumps (photo Guy DiTorrice)
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Often, these structures have been sawed down to the root
systems, usually by early white pioneers to the area.
There are also similar structures buried beneath the sand
at Newport’s Moolack and Beverly beaches, which have not yet been
exposed this year. They too are believed to be 4,000 years old.
Another beach expert in Newport, Terry Morse, has been
keeping a close eye on the ocean and has seen a bevy of odds and ends
wash up recently.
|Dunes on the north coast have eroded enough
to show roots of dunegrass (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium)
One storm apparently dragged in a seal carcass that was
badly decayed – or so Morse thought. He called it a “bag of
He passed on a photo to Jim Rice, head of the Marine Mammal
Stranding for the central Oregon coast, who in turn theorized it may not
have been washed up at all, but something a little more grisly.
“These remains appear to be from a young northern
elephant seal,” Rice said in an email to Morse. “Last summer
I performed necropsies on a few elephant seals in that area and buried
their remains. It's possible that the recent high tides have uncovered
this carcass from its burial spot.”
the north coast, the big, fluffy sand dunes have been eroded in some interesting
ways. Big tides have been taking a bite out of those for weeks now, with
dunegrass roots now dangling from curved slices ripped from the dunes.
The Seaside Aquarium's Tiffany Boothe said such scenes
are common all over the north coast at the moment.
In Newport, storm surges and immense wave action
from this weekend dug out chunks of the cliffs there, with as much as
six feet of roadway falling away in some spots.
DiTorrice took some photos for BeachConnection.net, showing
some spectacular erosion that ate away at cliffs about 60 feet high, carving
so thoroughly in some spots that large chunks of pavement by the side
of Highway 101 fell to the beach. See
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