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October 2014

Registration Fee:
$1600 CDN plus GST

Gerry Reinson







Barrier Beach, Strandplain and Estuary Environments of the Mesotidal Oregon Coast


Oregon coast showing the positions of the Netarts, Nehalem and Tillamook estuaries
Part of the bathymetric chart of the Oregon coast showing the positions of the Netarts, Nehalem and Tillamook estuaries. The planned overflight route is shown (dashed red line).

This four-day field seminar takes place on the northern coast of Oregon, from the mouth of the Columbia River southward to Tillamook Estuary.

The course is designed to illustrate the various beach, nearshore, and estuary environments that can be encountered along high-energy wave-dominated mesotidal shoreline systems. These modern environments are examined in the context of developing models for use in interpreting ancient clastic sequences in the Western Canada Foreland Basin and in foreland basins elsewhere.

This trip is undertaken on a company exclusive basis only.

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Tentative - Subject to Change:
Monday, Day 1

Fly to Portland, Oregon in late afternoon.

*Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel or Radisson Hotel at Portland Airport.

Tuesday, Day 2

Drive to Tillamook estuary and coastal region. Examine Tillamook barrier and estuary from ground level and Cape Meares cliffs. Arrive at motel approximately 1700 hours.

*Accommodation: Shylo Inn or Ashley Inn, Tillamook, Oregon
Tel: (503) 842-7971

Wednesday, Day 3 Drive to Tillamook airport. Aerial overflight of Tillamook to seaside coast, (2 flights of 7 persons each). Ground examination of sandy tidal flats and dune/beach tract, Tillamook estuary system.

*Accommodation: Shylo Inn Tillamook, Oregon
Tel: (503) 842-7971

Thursday, Day 4

Proceed northward along coast. Stops at Rockaway to examine vegetated beach ridges and beach erosion; Nehalem Pass to view cobble to sandy beaches; Arcadia Beach to view armoured cobble beach and Plio-Pleistocene pro-delta outcrops. Time permitting, stop at tourist town of Cannon Beach.

*Accommodation: Best Western Oceanview Resort Seaside, Oregon

Friday, Day 5 Proceed northward to examine beaches and dunes, then to Ft. Stevens Park to view the wreck of the Peter Iredale and discuss the "beach cycle". Time permitting, climb Astoria Column to view the Columbia River estuary and environs. At approximately 1330 hours, return to Portland Oregon for flight to Calgary.

Note: Cost per person is $1,600 (Can.) plus GST. The company requesting the course will be responsible for meals, all commercial flight costs/ accommodation expenses, and costs for vehicle and airplane rentals. All arrangements and bookings, however, will be handled by Reinson Consultants Ltd.

*Accommodations not yet finalized.

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