The “gouge”

The “gouge” from the east
[#1] Photo 21 of 392: The “gouge” from the east
Taken 2012 August 22 from the waters off the middle of Frasers Beach
GPS 47°02.186'N 60°34.789'W

Taken from off Frasers Beach, this view to the west focuses on the great circular formation at the centre of photo #1 that, for lack of a better name, I call the “gouge” because it looks as if a huge chunk of land has been excised from the surrounding terrain. The slightly-off-vertical lines seen on the right side (just right of centre in this photo) are a convenient way of identifying this feature as the perspective changes.

Photo #2 looks much more directly into the “gouge”. The far left side shows the right edge of the smaller of the two great recumbent slabs of grey rock on the west side of Bear Hill. It appears to be of the same kind of rock as that seen in the centre of the photo and also on the side of the hill above the water’s edge left of centre. Could there once have been a whole mass of this rock filling the now empty cavity that has somehow disappeared? The three off-vertical lines are here seen to be protruding rock columns that have so far resisted erosion. The rubble pile at the base of the cavity and along its inner slope show a fair amount of fill (gravel, dirt, pulverized rocks) that continues to be dislodged up above and slide down towards the water.

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The “gouge”
[#2] Photo 22 of 392: The “gouge”
Taken 2009 August 5 from off shore about 1600 m (1 mi) northeast of the “gouge”
GPS 47°02.626'N 60°34.167'W
The “gouge” from closer up
[#3] Photo 23 of 392: The “gouge” from closer up
Taken 2009 August 5 from the waters near the eastern edge of the “gouge”
GPS 47°02.323'N 60°35.117'W

Photo #3 is taken from much closer to the “gouge”, from about 100 m (325 ft) off shore. The cliffs on the right half of the photo appear to be of different material than those at the upper far left, but the back of the upper cavity with its near vertical rock columns seems to be of yet another provenance. The slabs at the edge of the water are much more reddish than the rocks above and seem unrelated to the greyish rock slabs behind and to the left of them, but one would think they must have once been on the side of the cape with them. A rather strange aggregation of different rocks indeed!

Photo #4 is taken from a bit further west and a bit further off shore; this telephoto view brings the upper portion of the “gouge” into sharper focus. It shows to my eyes pretty clearly that the rock faces and columns showing in the upper centre and right of the photo have much the same mottled character as the eastern face of Bear Hill, while those at the upper far left of the photo are clearly more akin the the grey slabs. The angle of tilt is also different, 45° or less for the slabs at the far left and rather more for those in the centre and far right. And everywhere, one sees plenty of fill dislodged by run-off from the rains and wind and ice erosion.

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Close-up of the upper portion of the “gouge”
[#4] Photo 24 of 392: Close-up of the upper portion of the “gouge”
Taken 2009 August 5 from the waters near the western edge of the “gouge”
GPS 47°02.360'N 60°35.156'W
Close-up of the lower right portion of the “gouge”
[#5] Photo 25 of 392: Close-up of the lower right portion of the “gouge”
Taken 2009 August 5 from the waters near the eastern edge of the “gouge”
GPS 47°02.325'N 60°35.103'W

Photo #5 is a view from about 150 m (500 ft) away of the lower right portion of the “gouge”. In this view, the rock slabs at water’s edge seem much more clearly related to those at the right of the photo, with several showing the same mixed dark colours seen in the cliffs above and behind them.