Monday, July 29, 2013

it's water under the bridge

obviously not, because even in this heavy rain yesterday, there was no water under the bridge
the creek had redirected it self and taken a path over the road
and the next picture was the day before
 enhanced saturday
subdued sunday
yesterday running naked through the rain and today  i lay sweltering in the hot sun sweat dripping on the book i am reading.
still summer

Sunday, July 21, 2013


I walked over to the neighbor this morning, a geologist, Don Francis, and he was quite happy to answer my questions.

ahhhh what did i learn? darker rock is heavier, basalt for example and found lower because of gravity
and light rock like granite is lighter, hence higher.

What else?
that little spot of LTrgS has gabbro in it.
That spot is not necessarily related to the one at Bennett Lake
It is more the way it is formed, Don said ( i think) it could even be the mother rock of  our batholith here
Which is the Annie Ned one. (not the Ruby Range one)

 Because when basalt is remelted again it forms granite. Yes?

And our Coast Plutonic Complex... is just a belt. i do start to understand it, but can't explain it. Island or not it was formed underneath the Earth, but here now it is exposed, where we see the rocks, the batholith.
and where i live on, on the clay,  that is what is called unconsolidated sediments.
I think brought here by the glaciers covering up the batholith.

This whole post is more a question then solid facts. really they are unconsolidated sediments.

oh and one thing Don said, now after having come together the different belts are starting to move....ehhh linear? like they came together but nowhere to go anymore they start sliding along eachother. Don said at Ross river, they actually have slid over 400km.

I will try to find a photo again which shows some of what i am trying to understand

Saturday, July 20, 2013


something Late Triassic in the Stikine suite, made up of gabbro, quartz diorite, diorite and granodiorite.
 Whatever that all means, but do you remeber wanting to study the plantlife on Stony Creek mountain, because  a phlox grows there, and that phlox grows nowhere near here for 1000 km. ( a rough estimate )

Now studying this geological map, i do see that  that Stony Creek Mountain is a peculiar spot on the map.
It has a big fault line ( picture one) and north of it a magenta dot, which might be that color for these letters LTrgS where all the rest is what i spoke of in my previous post, intermittent by unconsolidated sediments.

The gravel pit on the bottom of the mountain also has an odd spot btw  PzS, ask me if you do want to know, what it stands for.
Anyway PzS is part of a bigger slice which runs along Aishihik Lake
 But i can only find  another spot of LTrgS at the South western tip of BennetLake.

Now i do wonder if that Phlox grows there? is there anybody that knows?

the fault

a photo of the phlox is on my wildflower blog

why i call myself batholith

I love you being a geologist, you studying the separation of land, i living on a compressed 'island' i do not know geology, it highly confuses me. And on many occasions i have tried to figure out where i live, i know behind the house there is exposed batholith.
I would love to know more, and as my field is botany ( only through interest, i am not an academic) what does it mean me living on the Coast Plutonic Complex, i am copying these words from a study being done. And is my place really on an island or is it batholith pushed up from underneath while the world was being compressed here. And does it have an effect on the botany, which is basically undisturbed here, hmmm this summer i still have to hike up to the closest by 20 miles nunatuk, which should have ancient plant life, older then what is scraped of by the glacier not so long ago, bla bla, I hope you know a little of my neck of the woods and understand what i mean.

I live  in the Coast Plutanic Complex (paleaocen eocene) on the Ruby Range Batholith,  our property is slipped in with clay from an not so ancient glacial lake, we have a beachline, and above there is the bathlith:) so why do i call myself that because i love to lay on those rocks i will send you a photo, they are the Nisling Range Suite, granite, granodiorite and diorite

and i will post this on my blog, because i always meant to write it.

And i call my self Batholith, because.... it feels true,  i am all, i am 24/7,  i am strong. i am ancient and yet none of these things, being one grain of granite deteriorated. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


I remember as a kid, how summer lasted forever,
it's like that this year.
Sunday after we went swimming in the Mendenhall river ( because the Takhini was too high)
we meet these deer right outside our driveway.
Yesterday i climbed a mountain again, all day in the blasting sun, 
I lay in a little creek after.
Today uhum, after basically too hot for mosquitoes the last week or so,
some nasty flies came out, which had me put on clothes after days of naked skin.
And a sphinx moth flew by.
I did catch it with my camera i will post the photo another day.

It's name
The Bedstraw Hawk-Moth or Gallium Sphinx (Hyles gallii)
Aww i have a garden full of Gallium, no wonder

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

prohibited round-up being used by Yukon Energy

Even in Canada round-up is being banned in many places

lets keep our Yukon looking like this
please read the post below here, very disturbing

roundup herbicides

This cannot be happening
It just doesn't make sense when people that studied environmentalism, are trying to tell me that herbicides are less dangerous to the environment then mowing.

But this is what Yukon Energy and government workers with Yukon environment are trying to tell me.

Please lets stop this madness

this is what Yukon Energy says:
 Yukon Energy has more than 1,000 kilometres of transmission lines, and we must keep the right-of-ways under the lines clear to ensure reliability of our system. Currently we mow the right-of-ways and manually remove the trees under our powerlines. However vegetation experts have reviewed our practice and suggest that using herbicides in addition to our current practices will provide benefits both from an economic and an environmental standpoint.

Using herbicides would mean that the right-of-ways would be disturbed less often by heavy equipment, because we wouldn’t have to manually remove vegetation so often. It could promote the growth of grasses and other vegetation desirable to animals and humans, since herbicides can be selectively applied to target certain plants or trees. It also reduces bird nest disturbances.

This summer, we will be testing some herbicides in the Whitehorse area to see if it makes sense for us to add their use to our vegetation management program.

The small plots, near the Long Lake Road and in the vicinity of the Takhini Hot Springs Road, will be clearly marked with signs before the work begins. See the maps below for their exact locations.

Herbicides are commonly used by utilities elsewhere in Canada and abroad. The ones we are testing have been recommended by environmental experts and have been approved as safe to use by Health Canada.
We will begin our test program on July 8th and run for two weeks. During this time, we ask that you not walk through the plots, and that you prevent your pets from walking through them. While it isn’t a hazard for you to walk in the area, it could affect the results of our testing.

Please contact us if you have any questions.
The herbicides to be tested are Garlon XRT #28945, Roundup Transorb Liquid Herbicide #28198, and Arsenal.
As for the debate about “rights of way” versus “right of ways”, the Merriam-Webster dictionary says both are acceptable.

And this is what the government says
Hi Jozien,
Here are the labels of the products that Yukon Energy’s contractor is going to be using. The applicator is required by both federal and territorial law to follow the instructions of the label. I’ve also attached a copy of the permit for the applicator. The permit outlines some restrictions that they must follow. I hope this information is helpful.

Jennifer Dagg
Environmental Protection Analyst
Environment Yukon

Yukon government welcomes your input on proposed changes to the permitting regime under the Environment Act

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and here is a link to a website that i found