Fort Rock Community Breeze

Published on 17 February 2022 at 11:44

A common trait with most geologists is that they don’t like the concept of catastrophic changes in the environment. The Missoula Flood that covered three states and created the Columbia Gorge, Deschutes River Gorge, and countless others thru the Northwest. Filled the Willamette Valley within minutes to a depth of four hundred feet with boulders the size of houses that originated in Canada scattered throughout the valley. A two-thousand-foot-tall wave traveling at eighty miles per hour carrying more water than the World total amount within its banks left enough evidence to cover the Northwest, yet it was debated for decades until the obvious fact was accepted.

               The evidence in rock as to how Fort Rock was created will be debated far longer because of the cause, centralized pressure force that machined gunned a three-hundred-foot-tall rock into 2-3” pieces that are scattered throughout many acres.

               This force, for lack of a better word, did not travel six feet past the mouth opening on each side or deal a glancing blow on the east side. Rather it stayed right in one position until it reduced the Rock not only to ground level but fifty feet lower than the bench level.

               As you walk across the core of this exposed tuff ring, you’ll notice the erosion is not water worn but chiseled out of this extremely hard rock. The 2-3” pieces of the Rock in the Slurry fit right in, but the key word is “chisel”.

               Further investigation of the slurry will hopefully explain this because the evidence must be there.

               The Rock broke through just left of the center of the “mouth” and the flow impacted with soft lava rock that is found in tuff rings and was forced upward as the Tub Rings show.

               The pulverized rock that wasn’t forced over the brim, arteries, rather than the natural shape of the Rock forced the current in a counterclockwise direction striking the “island”. I called it island after Wizard Island in Crater Lake. It’s a volcano within the crater—a last ditch effort of the mountain building process and is composed of a much harder and denser material than the surrounding rock.

               The Island shows not only the direction of the flow but how it channeled it to the lowest point in elevation we will call the “notch”, which is the same elevation as the tub ring. The channels clearly show it going uphill directly to the notch. There is a natural bend due to the round shape of the Rock forcing the flow back to the opening, mouth. The Bend is reinforced by the same material as the Island and forced the flow back onto itself thus diminishing the “forces” impact or otherwise the backside of the Rock would be blown out in line with the impact. Impact is not the right word because if something “impacted” then large chunks of rock would be there. It wasn’t destroyed by a wave because it would erode past the opening equally. Walk clockwise thru the crater, against the flow and you’ll see for yourself the erosion coming towards you and up over the top. The rocks you see around the outside rim came from the tip of the Rock and pushed out from the inside when she filled up. When you reach the spot where the Island meets the Notch Flow, the spot where the flow meets head on with itself, crawl through the dry rapids and hike though the bend. When you reach the high ground behind the Island and notice the two separate islands hidden you will be convinced that something incredibly special happened at the Rock. is being constructed with pictures of evidence plus other information. There is a comment page if you see something different, post it with your evidence. Central force, machine gunning a three-hundred-foot-tall rock into oblivion. You can tell I don’t know what went on, but I will stand on what I see.

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