Unusual Oregon Coast Discoveries Include Green
Flash, Ghost Stumps
|17 million-year-old bedrock shows itself near Seal Rock, along with
plenty of agates.
(Oregon Coast) - It's an extraordinary time on Oregon's
coast again, as it often is in mid-winter, when wacky stuff appears on
the beaches because of storms or low sand levels. This time, however,
it's compounded by some unusually high temperatures – some of them
summer-like. These clear conditions also gave way to plenty of whale spotting
and the ability to photograph the somewhat rare "green flash at sunset."
Low sand levels have allowed some ghost forest stumps to
pop up (in some unexpected places as well), they've revealed plenty of
agate-rich spots on the central coast, and the north coast is still experiencing
some stellar, record-setting clamming.
Green Flash at Sunset. January 16, at
Bayocean, near Tillamook, the clear skies give way to a staggering green
flash at sunset. The first picture here shows the very last slivers of
an orange disk just before it drops away. The sliver gets smaller and
suddenly turns green – the most common incarnation of the green
BeachConnection.net also caught one in Manzanita the evening
before, but these pics are much more spectacular.
This phenomenon occurs because of the many layers of atmosphere
between the viewer and the sun as it’s setting. Those layers knock
out all the color bands except the green, leaving only that color to show
briefly. More about
the Green Flash here
|Ghost forest stumps at Rockaway Beach.
Ghost Forests. They are showing up around
Newport and Seal Rock, but the surprise was finding a small trio of them
at Rockaway Beach. These examples of a 4,000-year-old forest are quite
rare: the ones at Rockaway hardly ever show themselves.
At the Curtis St. access just north of Seal Rock (near
Newport), the bedrock being exposed may be as old as 20 million years.
Also at this beach access is the slow emergence of the mysterious ghost
forests. These are stumps about 4,000 years old, the result of being immersed
in soil or sand, thus hidden from oxygen and never decaying as wood normally
does in the open air.
Neskowin has a stunning ghost forest that is visible year-round.
about ghost forests here.
|Manzanita on an almost balmy evening this week, where
the winds are so calm there are no breakers offshore.
Near-Record Temperatures. While the Portland
area is freezing in the 30’s and 40’s, in spite of beautiful,
sunny conditions, the coast is basking in the warmth of spring-like temperatures.
Much of the north coast had highs around 53 on Friday (January 16), but
Pacific City and Lincoln City reported highs around 63.
The real shocker was one thermometer east of Pacific City
that reported in well into the 70’s.
It’s a real weather freak show out there right now,
and these conditions are expected to last at least ten days. Sunny skies
and temps in the 40’s and 50’s are predicted for the coast
throughout that period. See the Oregon
Coast Weather page for details.
|Keith Chandler of the Seaside Aquarium gets elbow deep in the sand
to grab one of the plentiful clams.
Record Razor Clams on North Coast. The
recent assessment by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for
Clatsop Beach estimates them at more than nine million.
“In 2007, the Clatsop Stock Assessment estimated
that there were 1,481,000 clams on Clatsop beaches,” said Tiffany
Boothe of Seaside Aquarium. “In 2008 they estimated 9,257,000 clams.”
Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside Aquarium, called it
a record number. “It’s certainly the biggest set in a decade,”
It’s only on the stretch of beach from Seaside to
Warrenton – almost 20 miles of coastline.
You need a license to go clamming, and there are number
restrictions. Regulation books are available free of charge where angling
and hunting licenses are sold. For more information contact the Marine
Resource Program (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/).
2040 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, Oregon; or (541) 867-4741.
|The extreme northern end of Agate Beach is a fantastic place to
find agates where few go looking.
Agates Abound. Agates have been more common
at Newport’s Agate Beach in recent years after the creek moved almost
a mile north of its usual spot. “Follow the creekbed,” said
Guy DiTorrice, president of the Oregon Coast Agate Club. “They’re
in the creek.”
DiTorrice said some beaches are full of them, and he’s
seen the full range of colors.
Almost a mile north of the big access to Agate Beach is
the smaller city access, close to the bottom of Yaquina Head. There, a
large patch of rockbed has been exposed by rains. While the main access
to Agate Beach gets picked clean rather quickly, there’s hardly
a soul wandering the northern part of the beach.
They can also be found in fairly big numbers at the
Curtis St. access just north of Seal Rock. To see
more click here.
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