7 Jun 2015

Wildflowers, pyritic nodules and splash zone algae.

Mud and soil washed down the cliff has made enough of a bed of soil for these flowers to grow on, about 15 feet above the beach. The run off from the thin layer of soil has enough in it to sustain the green algae that usually grow in the splash zone - the bit of the beach above the high water mark that gets spray from breaking waves.

More splash zone algae, which is looks like it's getting fertilized by water that has percolated through the cliff and leaks out where the algae stops. The oval shapes in the rocks below the algae are pyritic nodules, of which more later.

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