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Submitted by Pam on Sat, 06/13/2009 - 00:51
And this is where we have been this past week along the Clackamas River in Oregon. Gorgeous country! Look closely and you will see two kayakers and a fisherman playing in the river. Don't you wish you could join them?
Turning 180 degrees from where I took this shot...
Basalt cliffs revealing basalt flows that occurred over millions and millions of years all over the state of Oregon and part of Washington and Idaho.
We were there to look for zeolites, tiny nearly microscopic crystals that grow in cavities formed by gases in the molten basalt before it hardened. It is a thrill to break into a pocket lined with crystals that no one has ever seen before.
And zeolite crystals weren't the only thing we found growing in the basalt! Quite a contrast to the picture of the river not over 100 feet away.
I will take lots of pictures of Olympic Park, I promise. I want to share it with all of you.