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Archive for November 15th, 2016

Monthly Image: Potholes in Wappinger Creek at Red Oaks Mill

The Mighty Wappinger Creek runs low after months with very little rain and we saw more of the rocky streambed than any time in recent memory:

Wappinger Creek - streambed at Red Oaks Mill - 2016-09-23

Wappinger Creek – streambed at Red Oaks Mill – 2016-09-23

Much of the deteriorated Red Oaks Mill Dam stands high and dry:

Wappinger Creek - Red Oaks Mill Dam - 2016-09-23

Wappinger Creek – Red Oaks Mill Dam – 2016-09-23

Just upstream from the bridge, you can see how water carves potholes into the rock:

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Back in the day, my parents took us to see the far more impressive Susquehanna River potholes (*) near Harrisburg. They range from finger-size pits up to craters large enough to comfortably hold an adult. I’m sure one of their photo albums, now tucked in our closet, contains similar pictures of those holes.

Searching for red oaks mill dam will turn up previous posts and pictures for comparison.

(*) Exploration of the pages linked there will show how, with sufficient mental effort, one can force-fit a non-erosion-based explanation of eroded potholes to match a pre-conceived timeline and narrative. Your opinion of that narrative and the effort required to fit evidence into it may differ from mine.

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