Archive for the ‘Rivers’ Category

Canoeing

I will be the first to admit that I’ve never done a lot of canoeing except for a few times on our lake at the family cabin. That said however, I must admit it’s something that I’ve always admired other people doing.

So when I saw this article on a short documentary (originally filmed as a commercial), I found myself again drawn. The article is entitled “This Canoe Documentary is Almost too Beautiful to Watch ” by Michael D’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network. Unfortunately my computer isn’t that great so I will have to watch the rest of it this weekend.

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Lost beach

As I sat and watch the Mississippi river during the latest round of floods here in Missouri this past spring, I’m reminded how no matter what humans do to the river (i.e. dams, levies, etc…) when she wants something, mother nature just goes and takes it.

In this case, it was a beach on Achill Island, located off the coast of Ireland in 1984. Then suddenly it was returned this past April. You can read about it in the article entitled “Lost Irish beach returns after 33 years: A freak tide just returned more than 1,000 feet of sand wiped out by a brutal winter storm on Achill Island” by Michael d’Estries over at Mother Nature Network.

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Spring time?

Okay it’s true, I’m a big fan of migrations but I prefer one’s that are on schedule.With all the temperature swings this year, at least here in the Midwest, I’ve been a little worried about the timing.It seems that the sandhill crane migration is already started along the Platte River. The question is, is it too early?

Just like last night, I have two articles but this time, they’re both on the crane migration. The first one is entitled “‘Magical’ crane season only weeks away” by over at the Lincoln Journal Star. It gives the details on when and where.

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To Paris and back

It’s been a long time since I walked along the Seine river but when I came across this  article, it definitely took me back. The article is entitled “Why Paris is transforming a riverside highway into a pedestrian promenade: Cars will be banished from a congested stretch of the Right Bank ” by Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.

When my youngest son graduates high school however, I promised him I would take him to Paris, so with a little luck soon I’ll be walking back along the Seine and checking out the pedestrian promenade. Meanwhile, maybe I need to check out the mighty Mississippi river or think back to when…

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Welcome home

It’s always nice to see an animal re-introduced to a place where it once lived. That looks to be the case for the Arctic grayling fish in Michigan according to this article over at the Lansing State Journal entitled “Will long-gone Arctic grayling thrive again in Michigan?” by . Welcome back.

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Flowing right along

Since we’re on the topic of water, I thought I would post this article on the Four Klamath River Dams in Oregon and California. I swear this story has been going on since I was at my previous library, over eleven years ago.

The article is entitled “Saving the Salmon: Feds, States, Tribes Ink Plan to Demolish Four Klamath River Dams by Terri Hansen over at Indian Country. Here’s hoping we see the fall of the dams very soon.

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Water residency and transit time

Just like humans, water resides in different places and spends time traveling to get from place to place. Also like humans, that time varies from drop to drop (or person to person). So then the questions are, how long does water reside in one place and how much time does it take to travel from one place to another?

Thankfully, we human are beginning to search for answers to these questions, according to the article entitled “How long does a water molecule stay in a river? The speed at which it leaves is critical to conservation efforts” by John Donovan over at Mother Nature Network.

Then maybe one day I can answer the burning question, how long it take a toy boat to travel from Lake Itaska down the Mighty Mississippi River down to the Gulf of Mexico? Believe me, the kids and I have tried but will little success.

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