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Field Log #002 – Polystyrene pieces everywhere

Field Log #002 – Polystyrene pieces everywhere

Observed many polystyrene pieces by the lake. Though individually they were easy to overlook at a quick glance given their small size, there were clusters that formed, even landing well above the rocks forming a water wall. Here’s some photos of the observations:

These pieces are polystyrene
Collecting in areas where there are rocks
Almost looks like snow, but it’s not…
The clusters can even be seen from further away – where it’s white
Polystyrene pieces caught amongst intertwined pieces of grass
Polystyrene pieces collecting near these rocks
Polystyrene pieces between these smaller rocks
Now the polystyrene pieces are captured between these rocks
Down these steps is where many of the polystyrene pieces are situated
Some of the polystyrene pieces land above the steps onto the grass
Close up of the polystyrene pieces which are now on land
Field Log #001 – Thaw flow

Field Log #001 – Thaw flow

Hypothesis: Watching water flow routes during the thaw could help us better plan for heavy rainfall events to avoid additional sediment and coastal erosion.

The thaw is starting here. We can observe the erosion in action. Here’s what it looks like at a beach.

Erosion path at the top of the beach

Mid way point

  • We could design better routes for the water to get to the lakeAND/ORWe could design better temporary drainage basins


This will be an interesting site to observe over the coming weeks of the thaw.


This post was written and uploaded from the field for the first time on this blog. Hope it works! 😊

At the closeup view, watching the water flowing is interesting to see the different colours and small grains of sand moving
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