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Friday, December 16, 2005

Creepy, Dude

Beginning with the general ...

I found this interesting website today. If you are interested in the Earth, you might enjoy this Earth Science Picture of the Day feature. I do want to caution the Velvet Fog, who I happen to know has spent entirely too many hours reading snore-inducing treatises on soils and similar palaver, not to click this for a few more days. In your condition, you shouldn't look at anything this likely to arouse your interest. Click to enlarge, if you know what I mean.

Progressing to a specific ...

From the caption to the photo on the right:

  • Most geological changes occur so slowly that we need to look for subtle signs, which give an indication that conditions are changing. The aspen trees on the above photo show that the soil in which they are growing has been moving down slope in a mass wasting process known as creep. The top of the soil layer moves faster than the soil beneath, causing the young trees to bend down slope. As the roots stabilize the soil, creep is greatly diminished and the trees can then grow straight. The photograph was taken on the Wasatch Plateau south of Salt Lake City, Utah.

It is appalling to me that the government would allow this kind of "wasting" to occur. Somebody should do something about this. What are we paying taxes for if the stuffed-shirt bureaucrats are just going to ignore this kind of tragedy? [1]

[1] Props (i.e., credit) to Flamingo - please stay at least fifteen feet clear of the sarchasm.


Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

I love mass wasting episodes! I also love bioturbation and turbulent flow. YEOW!

12:04 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

Colluvial action is always good too. When you can get it.

12:22 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger PDD said...


You've got a point. Some people do jump to conclusions. However, we do need to pull up our socks and pull our heads out of our asses periodically, including Canada. Too many hoochies wasting water with their hour showers.

12:35 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

Fog, you seem to know your expansive soil issues. Given your knowledge base, you may be able to get a governmental grant to study and resolve these issues to prevent "Bending Upward Tree Trunk Syndrome." A passionate speech before Congress about BUTTS would certainly cause them to open their wallets and give you the grant. After all, those guys got a huge grant to study bovine gasses. I think BUTTS is every bit as important as cow farts.

2:52 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

BUTTS are something I could definitely get to the bottom of.

Maybe in 7-10 days when the boys are back online.

3:04 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger PDD said...

Yes, we should put the real blame on methane gas. That way everyone will stop shooting each other.

Can you shoot methane gas?

3:57 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 said...

I have been known to shoot methane gas from time to time. Just pull my finger.

4:18 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger PDD said...

I've got to meet you first in order to pull your finger.

How about I fly up in Air Force One over the weekend?

4:49 PM, December 16, 2005  
Blogger PDD said...

And then you can send me to the moon.

4:50 PM, December 16, 2005  

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