Archive for the ‘Rivers’ Category

The mighty Nile

While I live in the city of St. Louis and actually work downtown near the mighty Mississippi river, there is another famous river, the Nile that I’m also familiar with. That’s in large part because of my love for world history and role that the river has played in history. So when I came across this article, and later a second one which goes into greater detail regarding the age of the Nile, I knew I had to post them.

The first article, entitled “Why Nile hasn’t changed course in 30 million yearsby Eleanor Imster over at Earthsky is about something I never really thought about regarding the Nile. It’s the path by which it flows over the earth.

The second article, entitled “Nile River Formed Millions of Years Earlier Than Thought, Study Suggests by Yasemin Saplakoglu is over at LiveScience. It goes more into the issue of the rivers age. A fascinating river and like the Mississippi river, definitely mighty as well.

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Mussels

Now I must admit, I know very little about mussels so when I came across this article, I got the chance to learn a little more. When my kids were younger, we use to come across mussel shells at one of our local nature areas, Emmenegger Nature Park.

It’s located along the Meramec river and at the time, we were able to actually walk right in the river. Most of the shells we came across were just that, the remains of a meal for another animal. These days, you can’t get anywhere near the river. Just a few weeks ago, I took this picture of the river overflowing after a heavy rain.

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It’s hard to tell where the river ends and the riverbank begins. Anyway, the article tonight is entitled “Missouri’s Essential Freshwater Mussels by Stephen E. McMurray over at the Missouri Conservationist magazine.

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The undamming of America

So the headline of tonight’s post, is also the title of a book that I believe I read many years ago by Elizabeth Grossman. Ever since then, I’ve been a strong believer in the removal of dams.

That said, the article is entitled “How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’ by  over at the New York Times. Meanwhile, I just went ahead and requested the book again to see if it is indeed the one I read.

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Going down

Okay, so as a kid I had the chance to find and explore some caves but compared to this, they were simply pot holes. This cave, located in British Columbia, is humongous and at least to me, pretty cool.

Today’s article is entitled “A ‘Honking Big’ Cave in Canada Lures Geologists to Its Mouth: How did a hole large enough to fit the Statue of Liberty go undetected for so long?” by Emily S. Rueb over at the New York Times. Boy, if I were a kid today, I think I’d be heading first north and then south.

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Deja vu floods

So I have to say, I’m having a feeling of deja vu here in St. Louis as I watch all of the flooding up north, particularly in states like Iowa and Nebraska. I still remember all of the sandbagging we did back in 1993 along the River Des Peres while the water inched up to the edges of the river banks.

In fact, tonight’s article tells what could be an even scarrier story as it says as many as 25 states could be affected by the end of May. The article is entitled “Terrifying map shows all the parts of America that might soon flood

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Ozark rivers

I have to admit that I’ve only been down to the Ozarks a couple of times, to the best of my recollection. I’ve also never had the chance to canoe any of the rivers down there. I have however stumbled up mussel shells along the Meramec river, a little further north in St. Louis, with my kids over the years.

So even though we’ve worked to improve these rivers here in Missouri, according to the article entitled “Andy Ostmeyer: Unsettling Questions Linger Along Ozark Rivers” over at the Joplin Globe, we still have some work to do. Hoping to make Aldo Leopold proud.

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Mighty Mississippi

So as this article states, I’m one of those people who lives within 100 miles of the Mighty Mississippi. In fact, I work not more than a mile or so away from this majestic river. I’ve also lived through (while sandbagging to help others) a few of those floods, including the one back in 1993 , that many people called the 100 year flood.

One of the things I remember around that time was an article I found which was written by a professor across this same river over in Illinois (whose name and school I can’t remember) that stated this 100 year flood is actually more like a 15 year flood. Meaning this size of flood occurs more like every 15 years, rather than 100 years.

So I wasn’t surprised when I read this article entitled “Engineers Tried to Tame the Mississippi River. They Only Made Flooding Worse.” by Adam Rogers over at the Grist. Meanwhile, I need to go back and look for that study.

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