Archive for April, 2007

A very low tide

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

This is the sea weed forest exposed by an unusually low tide in Castle cove, Dartmouth

seaweed in Castle cove

Easter day at Western Combe Cove

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

A glorious sunny day with gentle swell. This tiny cove west of Dartmouth is sheltered by an archipelago of rocks. It can be reached by steps from the coast path but it’s easier by boat.

western combe cove

The self oxygenating Dart

Friday, April 6th, 2007

One of the curious phenomena one encounters on the tidal Dart is the lines of bubbles, usually at the edge of the deep channel but often also in the shallows at the very edge of the river.

This is a line of bubblers near Sharpham quay, the foam being washed downstream by the falling tide.
Sharpham bubblers

My guess is that they are caused by air entering porous gravel at low tide. When the water rises again, the air in the gravel is trapped against an impermeable cap of mud, which is breached at intervals to allow the bubbles to rise. In some places the mud has a hard consolidated layer, seen at the bottom of the next picture, which is penetrated by the air channels.
Bubblers under peat

If any reader knows for certain how this phenomenon arises, please post a comment.