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Land & Sea  
 
"Where the fresh and salt waters meet,
And the sea-winds move through the pine trees,
a country of bays and inlets, and small streams
flowing seaward."

Theodore Roethke, "The Far Field."  
 
 
Along Puget Sound, exploring a labryrinth of inlets, coves, and bays, we witness the work of natural forces on the terrain: rocky headlands, steep bluffs, forested slopes, deltas, estuaries, salt marshes, tide flats, spits, and beaches made of rocks, silt, and sand.  
 
Puget Sound is a complex system of interconnected inlets, bays, and channels with tidal sea water entering from the west, and cold freshwater streams entering from surrounding mountains.

A Changing Shoreline

  • Streams Of Sediment
    Rivers and streams bring sediment down to the Sound and soften the shoreline with sandy deltas, spits, and tide flats. The rhythms of tides, storms, and waves are still sculpting the shore.  
     
  • Bluffs & Beaches
    Many steep bluffs edge Puget Sound. Formed by glaciers, these bluffs are still being shaped by waves, weather, and gravity. As these bluffs erode, bluff material is recycled into a wide variety of beaches.
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