Mini Cloud Atlas
Oregon Coast Stratus
A fixture of the Pacific Northwest, a misty stratus enshrouds the basalt cliffs and cape-capping meadows of coastal Oregon. Stratus and fog often form over the cold California Current offshore, then are blown onshore in the westerlies. The cool, moist air is forced to rise up the Coast Ranges, further clouding the scenery just inland. Lewis and Clark are believed to have reached no further in their expedition than about this spot. Here they noticed a beached whale carcass, later trading with the Tillamook tribe for 300 pounds of its blubber and some whale oil. The relatively flat terrace above the cliffs, and upon which I was standing, used to be the beach swale, planed off by crashing breakers. It was thrust above sea level, several feet at a time, in a series of massive earthquakes every 300-1000 years caused by sticky sinking of the ocean floor into a trench offshore. Geologists believe these trench quakes tend to be more violent than anything recorded on land in California, and will be repeated.
3 NW Cannon Beach OR (12 Jul 6) Looking SSE