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An Otherworldly Dive into Crater Lake on FIELD GUIDE, Airs May 26


An alien world hides in Oregon’s backyard, but only the heartiest divers – and those who tune in to OREGON FIELD GUIDE on Thursday, May 26 at 8:30pm – will ever see it. Join the FIELD GUIDE crew as they carry hundreds of pounds on their backs down a steep mile-long trail and across ankle-twisting lava. Their destination: some of the clearest, deepest waters of the world – Crater Lake.

Crater Lake Dive - Risky high altitude diving allows the team to barely scratch the surface of the immense depths of Crater Lake. They do make it deep enough to see a bizarre phenomenon only scientists normally see with a submarine camera. Dense fields of dead peat moss, 2,000 years old, encircle Wizard Island. The peat moss actually looks layers of rock but remains soft to the touch. Bizarre tunnels, some as big as a hand, others as big as a house, burrow 30-feet deep into the moss creating mysterious caves. Even deeper, below the level the divers can safely reach, fields of still-living moss thriving deeper than scientists ever expected. Underwater videographer Michael Bendixen, senior videographer Todd Sonflieth and producer Vince Patton join the divers for their back-breaking, eye opening adventure that kicks off the second half of FIELD GUIDE’s 22nd season.

Portland Mounted Patrol Unit - Being a police officer is already a stressful and dangerous job. But add in the challenge of doing everything from on top of a 1,200-pound animal and you’ll have an idea of what Portland’s Mounted Patrol Unit faces every day. Producer Jule Gilfillan visited the unit and has the story.

Pixieland Restored - Pixieland created fond memories for a generation of Oregon children during the short time the amusement park survived on the coast. Three decades later, the sensitive land Pixieland was built on returns to nature, restored as a natural tidal wetland for the benefit of fish and wildlife.

Videos of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE are available at opb.org/programs/ofg/ or watch entire programs at watch.opb.org.

Check out the FIELD GUIDE blog at blogs.opb.org/fieldjournal/ or follow us on facebook at facebook.com/oregonfieldguide.

About OREGON FIELD GUIDE

In its 22nd season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

About OPB

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