Friday Field Foto #82: Mouth of the Russian River
This week’s Friday Field Foto isn’t technically from “the field” — never really did any field work, nor was it a field trip. But the beauty of “the field” is that it is everywhere … so I’m countin’ it!
A few weekends ago, my wife and I went up north to get away from regular life for a couple days. On the way up Hwy 1, we stopped to look down at where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean.
I’ve always had a thing for river mouths — they are very interesting transition zones in terms of surface processes and sedimentation. In this case, the Russian River has no chance in building a delta that protrudes out into the ocean … the Pacific Ocean will continue to win that battle for some time.
But, what has formed in this area is a nice beach. We didn’t have time to go down to the beach on this trip … but from the looks of my photo above, I bet this is a great area to check out supercritical flow and maybe some antidunes.