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North Spit
Humboldt Bay, California

The long sandspit protecting the north end of Humboldt Bay is also known as the Samoa Spit. It is known for its pulp mill and biomass powerplant, both with deepwater port facilities, the large Coast Guard base, and ten mile long Samoa Beach.

Winter surf here rises in thirty foot deep water far from shore, a potentially deadly challenge for surfers. The navigation channel into Humboldt Bay is fortified with breakwaters composed of huge stones and concrete tetrapods or dolos, like giant jacks.


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The one remaining pulp mill, south of Samoa on North Spit

The one remaining pulp mill, south of Samoa on North Spit

The one remaining pulp mill, south of Samoa on North Spit

Samoa, California

Date photographed: January 19, 2008
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Electric generating station on North Spit, Humboldt Bay

Electric generating station on North Spit, Humboldt Bay

Electric generating station on North Spit, Humboldt Bay

Samoa, California

Date photographed: January 19, 2008
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The heavy stone breakwater on North Spit at the entrance to Humboldt Bay

The heavy stone breakwater on North Spit at the entrance to Humboldt Bay

The heavy stone breakwater on North Spit at the entrance to Humboldt Bay

Samoa, California

Date photographed: January 19, 2008
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