Friday, March 24, 2006

My Week in Healdsburg

Some people have complained about my lack of posting. Well, it's only been 10 days or so, I don't think that that is so bad.

Anyway, I've spent most of this week in Sonoma County, specifically the city of Healdsburg, looking at landslides and other recent geomorphic things. We were working for the Preservation Ranch that is planning to build vineyards in the Gualala Watershed (go ahead and keep saying "Gualala" to yourself over and over; it doesn't get less funny). So my partner and I were tasked with helping professional geologist Martin Trso in determining what is called a Sediment Budget. Basically it is just figuring out how much sediment is being transported from the ridgetops, where the vineyards are to be built, to the valley floor below. So I spent four days hiking up and down through stream channels and gullies trying to figure out how much stuff had been deposited. Not real easy, let me tell you. Especially when the hillsides are slippery and are 50% gradients. Regardless, it was much fun, though very tiring.

And I'm back now, but the twists keep coming. A strange job opportunity came knocking this week for me, but I'll have more on that later.

1 comment:

Reva said...

thank you John =)