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by Gowergulch42
Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is Riggs Road passable in 2wd?
Replies: 1
Views: 316

Re: Is Riggs Road passable in 2wd?

It's generally a poor idea to visit an unknown road in a non-offload vehicle. 2wd vs 4wd is never the problem; ground clearance and tire type is. I very rarely ever engage 4WD on my Jeep, and the majority of my capability is due to the ground clearance. Since Riggs has several wash crossings, I woul...
by Gowergulch42
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Interesting earthquake in Owens Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Interesting earthquake in Owens Valley

I should further clarify that there is no relation to any earthquakes outside of the immediate area, including those recently in Goldfield, Monte Cristo, and near Mono Lake. Earthquakes do not increase the odds of volcanic activity in the local volcanic fields (Coso, Big Pine, Long Valley) either; h...
by Gowergulch42
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Interesting earthquake in Owens Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Interesting earthquake in Owens Valley

There is no relation to earthquakes in different parts of the globe. Earthquake triggering is limited to 3-4 fault rupture lengths. Mexico's most recent earthquake was related to their local subduction zone, exactly the same as the one which will rock the PNW in the not-toot-distant future.
by Gowergulch42
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Interesting earthquake in Owens Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Interesting earthquake in Owens Valley

Today’s Mw5.8 in the Owens Valley (centered right under the lakebed) could be any of a number of things. Most likely, it is an independent earthquake on a very active fault system that is known to have produced huge earthquakes in the past, such as the Mw7.4-7.9(estimated) 1872 Owens Valley Quake. h...
by Gowergulch42
Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: Pronghorn antelope sightings in/near DV
Replies: 8
Views: 1313

Re: Pronghorn antelope sightings in/near DV

Pronghorns like the flats, sheep like the rocks. It's very exciting to see them in the park!
by Gowergulch42
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Death Valley Geology
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Death Valley Geology

These time spans are so abstract; it's very difficult to try and explain them or make them seem real. Historical Geology was an entire course I took a few years ago, just about the history of the earth and trying to grasp these timelines.
by Gowergulch42
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Death Valley Geology
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Death Valley Geology

Every section of this presentation could have been easily expanded into an hour presentation of its own! I greatly expanded my own understanding of some complicated features, and had to cut out a lot of stuff that I could have waffled on about for hours.
by Gowergulch42
Fri May 15, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: M6.5 Earthquake outside Tonopah
Replies: 4
Views: 511

M6.5 Earthquake outside Tonopah

Early this morning a 6.5 Earthquake struck the empty desert west of Tonopah, in the Monte Cristo Mountains. The fault appears to be unmapped, though some aftershocks are occurring on the mapped E-W aligned fault zone that runs through Candelaria ghost town. This is normal earthquake activity, even t...
by Gowergulch42
Sat May 09, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Crystal Peak Sparkles At Sunrise And Sunset
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

Re: Crystal Peak Sparkles At Sunrise And Sunset

It's a volcanic unit called the Tunnel Spring Tuff, erupted from the nearby Tunnel Spring Caldera 35.4 million years ago, as determined by potassium-argon dating. Crystal Mountain appears to be the largest outcrop of this rock that I can find. Very cool!
by Gowergulch42
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Fatal accident at Manly Beacon
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: Fatal accident at Manly Beacon

No, looks like there's been some erosion since I was last there. This is a few hundred yards above the big waterfall at the mouth, if I'm correct.
by Gowergulch42
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 1225

Re: Death Valley National Park is CLOSED – April 4, 2020

Depending on what kind of car you're driving, Hunter Mountain and the high country around it are wonderful places to be. There's a surprising amount of stuff to see up there, but you have to do your research.
by Gowergulch42
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Mysterious Steel Rebar North of Mesquite Dunes - Details
Replies: 44
Views: 22438

Re: Mysterious Steel Rebar North of Mesquite Dunes - Details

Interesting! I've been digging and haven't found anything published (in the last few years) on erosion rates/dune migration in Mesquite Flat or greater Death Valley. That means it could be part of a greater research project that hasn't been completed, or they were marking an anthropological site, or...
by Gowergulch42
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Weather Balloon ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 1115

Re: Weather Balloon ID?

You're right on all counts. I found one while doing field work in the Cascades this past October, and it had detailed instructions all over it saying things like "HARMLESS WEATHER INSTRUMENT" and "FOR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES" and "PLEASE MAIL BACK TO (address)." It was launched from Salem, so it didn't ...
by Gowergulch42
Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Re: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)

Nice! Thanks for the lovely, detailed report. Did you remain camped in the same location for all your nights in the park? How cold was it at night? Thanks Yes we remained at our traditional (13 years) campsite at Lemoigne Canyon all 2 nights. Most we’ve spent was 4. It wasn’t too cold at night, may...
by Gowergulch42
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)
Replies: 9
Views: 2267

Re: Christmas 2019: Sand, Sun, and Snow (Pic Heavy)

I guess about 8 feet of material was removed. Must have been some flood!