Wednesday, April 13, 2011

South Side of Grand Marais Bay

I have been continuing to watch the movement of the Sucker River along the south side of Grand Marais Bay. First, I took this shot looking across the bay over the ice toward Coast Guard Point.

A channel formed along the shore of the bay caused in large part by back up of water from the Sucker River as it first struggled to break through the ice.

Here are a couple of shots of the mouth of the Sucker River. It succeeded in breaking through the ice in a couple of different spots, splitting the current. I have never seen the mouth of the river so wide.

Here are a few shots looking toward Lonesome Point.

Don't the following two pictures look similar? They are, except the ripples in the sand were formed around 8,000 years apart. The first picture was taken along the shore of the bay the other night. These ripple marks are made of sand. The second is a picture I took last summer of fossilized ripple marks at Mosquito Beach in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The latter ripple marks hardened into rock some time after the glaciers last retreated.

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