Blueschist Knockers at the Mouth of the Russian River, Jenner, California

The mouth of the Russian River is a wonderful place. There’s a little something for everyone. Lots of wildlife to observe – seals, sea lions, gulls, pelicans, even the odd human being. And plenty of great geology, as well. There are river and shoreline processes for the sedimentologically inclined, and knockers of blueschist and eclogite for the hard rockers amongst us. Hang around here long enough and you might even feel an earthquake on the San Andreas fault which passes not far offshore.

The first GigaPan below is a sweeping panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, mouth of the Russian River, and the town of Jenner, California nestled along the north bank, straddling the Pacific Coast Highway. The GigaPan is shot from Goat Rock State Park.


Pacific Coast, Mouth of the Russian River, Jenner, California
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The second GigaPan is shot from alongside the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Jenner from a pullout directly above the mouth of the Russian River. This one’s absolutely full of wildlife. You can also get a look at blueschist and eclogite knockers in their natural habitat. At the right side of this GigaPan you can make out my second GigaPan robot dutifully snapping a slightly more detailed view of the wildlife at the outlet of the Russian River.


Blueschist Knockers and Seastacks, Mouth of the Russian River
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The final GigaPan in this set is a GigaMacro image of a block of blueschist/eclogite from this locality that I keep in my office. (It’s previously been featured in my original Deskcrop post – from one of the Geoblogosphere’s original memes. Budding mineralogists will appreciate the wonderful RGB color scheme of this rock: Red = garnet, Green = omphacite, and Blue = glaucophane.


Franciscan Blueschist and Eclogite, Jenner, California
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Anyone else been to/through Jenner? Got any remembrances of the place from your own journey?