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Geologic Hillside

Favorite thing: When you're down at the beach be sure to walk over to the sand cliff and take a closer look at the layers that are visible. Just above the cobble and dirt is a layer of pure sand. Not sandstone, just sand. Immediately above that lie several layers of 'glacial till' -- that mix of sand and small rocks that retreating glaciers left throughout Puget Sound 10,000 years ago.

What's interesting here is that you have unconsolidated sand above the high water line -- evidence that Camano Island has been uplifted by several feet in relatively recent times. Of the several faults known to exist in western Washington, evidence like this demonstrates how the Seattle fault lifts the land north of Seattle up while submerging points to the south.

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  • Written Aug 5, 2005
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