If you want a good belly laugh, go to the In-Forum website and read the "talk about it" question of the day: "what do you think is causing the skunk smell in Fargo-Moorhead?" I guessed that it was from a new 2000 animal-unit skunk confinement barn in eastern Clay County, the home of huge hog and chicken barns ….so why not raise skunks as well. I’m sure their droppings would make good fertilizer, skunk oil must be valuable somewhere, and if their pelts were dyed, they would make gorgeous fur coats for PETA people to spray paint or throw acid on. Let’s see now, how many people did I manage to skewer in that paragraph?
On to better subjects. I am always fascinated when we travel from our home to I-29 and then on to Kansas City by the interesting landform we see from Kansas City all the way to the South Dakota border near Elkpoint. There are bluffs to the east and also to the west and in between a very broad and fertile valley that must be several miles wide. These bluffs follow the course of the "Mighty Mo"…the south-flowing Missouri River that makes its way through Montana, ND and SD first and then forms the border between Iowa and Nebraska and Missouri and Kansas all the way to KC where it takes an eastward turn and goes nearly straight across the middle of Missouri to St Louis where it empties into the Mississippi. I look at the bluffs which follow close by the interstate in the Sioux City, Iowa area and can picture the formation of this interesting valley and the high bluffs that border it on both sides. Sometime in the past, there was a mighty cataclysm of water bursting forth that cut these bluffs in a short period of time and left the broad valley in its wake. It was probably form the melting glaciers of the last Ice Age and probably the result of a huge body of water dammed up behind some sort of obstruction, and when the pressure of the dammed water became too great, the whole works let go and carved the Missouri River Valley from ND clear down to present day Kansas City.
I saw a similar situation when we saw the Niagra River in northern NY state about 4 years ago while traveling to New England. The Niagra River is a very short river and runs between one end of Lake Ontario to the huge drop where the double waterfalls tumble hundreds of feet from the Canadian border and the US border. The river is a boiling cauldron of white water that rushes over rocks on its course leading to the falls. I thought of how the same situation existed at that place; melting glacial water filled what is now Lake Ontario..probably a much bigger lake than exists now, and once again a natural dam holding back such huge amounts of water, it is difficult to conceive in one’s mind…let go suddenly and there was a cataclysmic water event that cut the river channel and formed the falls and the gorge below it. We could hear the river’s sound long before we arrived at the parking area. The sound of the river is thunderous, to say nothing of the sound of the falls which is a hundred times louder than the river rushing through its rocky channel.
The eruption and destruction of Mt. St. Helens in May of 1980 (can it be that long ago?) showed modern mankind what a great cataclysm can do in just minutes. The entire landscape was wiped out in minutes and a new landscape, new soil layers, new lava and pyroclastic blasts forever changed that area in a matter of minutes and hours. The power of creation is unfathomable but every now and then, we catch a glimpse of it.
I bought a book about the Grand Canyon in the Ozarks and it, too, is supposed to be the result of a huge cataclysm of water carving out the canyon gorge in a relatively short period of time compared with the "billions and billions" of years proposed by Evolutionists. The canyon is perfectly layered as though it was layed down by very deep water(Noah’s flood?)….the layers of red sandstone, brown sandstone, black shale (hard mud) and the basement layer of fire-formed rocks like granite are all there for people to see in one grand "cutaway" of the earth, a mile deep in places.
I have always thought that ND’s "Badlands" are the result of water cataclysms from glacial melt onrushes at the end of the last Ice Age also. We have also observed a huge valley on the west shore of the long and deep Flathead Lake at Polson, Montana which lies between two ranges of low mountains. A clear picture of a huge glacial water dam bursting and carving out another broad valley between two mountain ridges lies there as more evidence of water cataclysms long past.
Speaking of water, my tulips could use a shower pretty soon. They are a gorgeous riot of purples, pinks, yellow, peach, red, and deep rose colors. Some new white bulbs are blooming for the first time also. It is such a sweet season when the tulips bloom for their short time each spring. I am waiting for the pink and white parrot tulips to open after the others are done…..they are always later than the rest.
It has been a good day for gardening and soaking up the sunshine. Get outside and get some natural Vitamin D !!!