Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Power of Water

Visiting Booker T Washington National Monument with the aspiring master naturalists we were able to see what changes have occurred in the park due to some high water from heavy rains! 
I took this photo in 2011, the changes and sediment were noticeably changed at this same spot with recent heavy rains.

I saw this sign today and wanted to share this thought with you:
Photo courtesy of Larry W Brown "Guide to the Shenandoah National Park"
Have you ever considered the power of water? We think of the strong winds and gale forces from a hurricane and many times neglect to consider the force of water...

In Nelson County Virginia less than 2 hours from our BRFAL region, 1969 brought rain from the heavens likened to a river flowing straight down. 

The strength of water tore up the rivers and the mountains to the point that parts of mountains were exposed with 10,000 years worth of erosion done in less than 8 hours. Click here for more on Hurricane Camille in Virginia. FEMA was born from this natural disaster that took 123 lives in Nelson County VA. A recommended book on this topic from those who survived is "Roar of Heavens" by Stefan Bechtel. Click here for more about it. 
A sign in Nelson County at James River State Park 27" of rain in less than 8 hours

Learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist Program here.

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