Waves at Depoe Bay

Waves crashing against the

sea wall in Depoe Bay

If the concept of King Tides leaves you royally confused, help is at hand this Sunday, Feb. 10, in Manzanita, where experts will give the lowdown on this high-tide phenomenon.

Fawn Custer of CoastWatch will explain the natural forces at work behind the super-high tides that hit the Oregon Coast each winter. Spotters will have plenty of time to prepare for this winter’s third and final installment, which are set to hit the coast from Monday, Feb. 18, to Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Custer will present a slideshow of the best photos from the Oregon King Tides Photo Project and give details about how to get involved.

After Custer’s talk, Dr. Sally Hacker, a professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Integrative Biology, will discuss the interaction of dunes and the ocean. Hacker will explain how the sea fertilizes dunes through the deposition of wrack and how this relationship might be affected by the sea level rise, more intense storms and increased erosion anticipated with climate change.

The talk, which is free and open to all, will run from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue.

For more information on King Tides, go to oregonkingtides.net.

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