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Maine and Canada 2011

Taking it all in...Fundy National Park.
In July, I took my second trip up to the Maine coast with some colleagues that included some camping at Mount Washington and later on in the Bay of Fundy National Park.  This trip included several obligatory geo-excursions of "extremes" including some R&R on the Maine coast.  Early in the trip, an excursion to Mount Washington  where some of the world's wildest weather occurs was a required stop and a lucky encounter with a recent Penn State meteorology graduate who was working the summit's weather station got me a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.  Naturally, it was a beautiful sunny day with winds barely 5 mph...it figures. 

Later, some camping in Fundy National Park took us to the site of the greatest tidal raqnges on the planet not to mention the most spectacular Carboniferous fossil beaches I have ever seen (not to mention some encounters with some Special Forces flying squirrels).  There's some amazing geology there that reminded me a lot of the Scottish Highlands.  We did some pretty serious hiking and checked out a beach separated from the Bay by a sandbar but on the way back (about an hour after we arrived), the tide almost cut us off from the way out.  Just for kicks, we shot a 6:30 clip showing how fast the tide rises (it's below).  Not much science here but cool to watch in time lapse.  I also found modern bryozoans washing up on the beach here and was the first time I saw these animals "in the wild." My old paleo. professor at PSU Dr. Cuffey (a bryozoan expert) would have been proud.

In the Gulf of Maine, my first whale watching experience and another trip to Acadia National Park and the Schoodic Peninsula rounded out the trip.  A great week thanks to a friend opening up his place on Gouldsboro Bay where the daily sea kayaking led to some impromptu eagle and seal sightings.  I'm not much of a birder but I've got a thing for bald eagles (it appeals to my patriotic side) and the kayak allows you to get pretty close without spooking them.

Mount Washington, NH.
Lessons on the regional geology, metamorphism and glaciation.
Regional Geology (139 MB)
Metamorphic Processes (216 MB)
Glaciation (125 MB)
Schoodic Peninsula, ME.
All about igneous rock.
Igneous Coastline (284 MB)
Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park, NB.
Sedimentary rock and the Bay of Fundy tidal ranges.
Sediments and Tides (229 MB)
Cape Enrage, NB.
Unbelievable Carboniferous coal swamp fossils.
Fossils 1 (180 MB)
Fossils 2 (121 MB)
Gulf of Maine, ME.
Whale watching with a pod of finbacks and a humpback named Triton (AHWC #0287) who has frequented the region for years.
Finbacks (84 MB)
Triton (114 MB)


     
Fundy National Park, NB.
Watching the tides roll in.
Tidal Changes (410 meg)
Gouldsboro Bay, ME.
Adult and juvenile bald eagles.
Adult Bald Eagle (18 MB)
Juvenile Bald Eagle (89 MB)