This new map shows the Whatcom County hidden beneath your feet
The Bellingham Herald & The News Tribune
May 2, 2017
There’s a faint scar running across Bellingham Bay, and the landscape between Acme and Kendall looks like a river ran through it.
Those are some of the Earth’s secrets that can be found on a new interactive map produced by the state.
Using lidar technology, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has mapped a good third of the state, revealing the smallest of details hidden beneath trees, buildings and other obstructions.
DNR’s goal was to map landslides, for example, the impact of the Van Zandt “dike” on the Nooksack River. An aerial photo of the South Fork Valley shows the Nooksack River meandering through lowlands. Stripped of trees and surface greenery, the lidar image of the same area shows a massive landslide that constricts flow of the river to the west side of the valley.