Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy PFF - Washington State Geology






First, I would like to apologize for the quality of this image. I sent this postcard off to a person in Thailand via Postcrossing, before I started this series of blog posts. Thankfully this person put the card up on their postcard wall, where I retrieved this image. So I do not have the card in front of me, to tell you about the details of the geology of Washington.


However: the first page of the teacher resources PDF http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/ger_teacher_packet.pdf (published by the WA Dept. of Natural Resources) has a great map. Print it out and brighten up your office!


I can tell you though that the southern and central parts of the state, in various shades of orange and yellow, are underlain by thick layers of Columbia River basalt. This nice graphic from the US Geological Survey explains it well. The eruptions ended 6 million years ago. A rich soil has formed over much of this area, making it great for farming.

Not feeling too well today, so will sign off here. Happy PFF!
viridian

11 comments:

Candy said...

Thanks for stopping by this morning and Happy PFF to you as well.
Cheers ;-)

AnitaNH said...

Hi Viridian, sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope you get better soon and have a happy PFFriday evening!

Postcardy said...

Better late than never.

Mary said...

Viridian: I love these postcards, and have been so crazed the last month I didn't get a chance to appreciate them. Happy to see them as always. Hope you are feeling better soon!

Lyneen said...

My current home state. I would like to add the bright yellow around the Puget Sound is where the glacier came down to during the ice age, cutting in to the sound between the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains.

THanks for your cards with their history. Learn something every week. Hope you feel better real soon!

MuseSwings said...

Washington must have been quite a site when all of that geological activity was going on. Glad things settled down...we; almost settled. Hope you feel better soon! Happy PFF

Sheila said...

I'm late getting all my commenting done, so that makes two of us! I hope you feel much better by now.

Marie Reed said...

I hope that you've had a restful weekend with lots of tea and chick flicks! I'm so glad that you were able to retrieve the image from your postcrossing friend! I so enjoy this series!

maryt/theteach said...

veridian, great info about Washington State. Hope you're feeling better by now. :)

postcrossingandotherthingsilike said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Wow, you've sent a lot!! Don't know if I'll ever manage that many, lol! I'm so happy I found Postcrossing :)

Christine H. said...

How did I miss this on Friday? And it's Washington too; I've been waiting patiently for this one. I thought of you this morning as I posted a geologically-related card. Here's the link in case you're interested: http://postcardparadise.blogspot.com/2010/01/jump-off-joe-newport-oregon.html

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