Archive for the ‘Water’ 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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The mighty Meramec river

Okay, so most people don’t call it mighty like the mighty Mississippi, still from the view I had over the weekend, it looked pretty amazing. So a few weeks ago I decided to start using my new(ish) camera to start taking pictures of nature and posting them to see if I have what it takes to sell some of them through other websites.

Anyway, this past weekend I went to Castlewood park, which is located out west a bit from where I live. It’s a place I use to take my kids sometimes and a park that I always loved to go to.

Turns out I picked an amazing day to go there, along with lots of other people and while I had some difficulty with my camera, I did manage to get at least one what I would call really nice picture of the river looking down from the cliffs of Castlewood park. I hope you like it.

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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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Onward, and upward

So yesterday I finished reading the book Still Waters by Curt Stager. I learned so much about lakes and in particular, the one that are cabin is on up in northern Minnesota. Makes me want to learn more about our lake and others up in that region but that’s for another day.

Now I’m reading the book Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane. I’ve already a couple of his books including The Old Ways and The Wild Places, books I highly recommend. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to get into this book.

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Great lakes

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As someone who has visited at least two of them and getting ready to start reading the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (courtesy of an article from Minnesota Public Radio) by Dan Egan, this article really caught my attention.

Not only does it discuss what’s happening to all of the great lakes really, it talks about how one person is trying to make a difference. The article is entitled “Ohio’s watershed moment: How to fix Lake Erie algae” by over at the Grist.

Quite fascinating read to say the least. Looking forward to going there again (we’ve only visited Lake Michigan and Lake Superior so far. The picture above is Lake Superior while on our family vacation in 2016.

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Mental health & blue space

So according to this article and I would say from personal experience as well, it appears that living near water is good for your mental health. I know I’m only around water one week of each year and that’s when we’re on vacation at our cabin on Town Line Lake in Minnesota, but I definitely feel more relaxed there the longer we are at the cabin.

The article that apparently supports this theory is entited “Living Near Water Boosts Mental Health” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. So the next time you’re surrounded by water, see if you’re not more relaxed.

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Rivers & the law

As a law librarian and an environmentalist, I found this article rather fascinating. The river is the Colorado River and the law is, well, the law. The article is entitled “Does a River have a Right to Life” by Reed Benson over at High Country News. My hope is as Reed Benson states, “Someday, a river in this nation may have a right to life“.

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