Wednesday, October 05, 2011

More personal "flood" instructions, this time, southern MD (that is, a school science lesson)

Today, I visited Upper Marlboro, MD, and could see the creek area that flooded during storms Irene and Lee.

People say that the creek rose high enough to cover the steps of the Prince Georges County Courthouse, about 20 feet.

This result  seems quite remarkable.  Still, most of the town looks high enough not to flood.

Later, I went down to Calvert Cliffs State Park.  The nuclear power plant nearby is not visible from the park as far as I can tell.  But it has not been reported to have any damage from the earthquake or tropical storms, as far as I know.  There are lots of marsh-friendly lilies along the way, and the shore has its own "mini world" of rivers and "canyons".  

There's also plenty of storm damage to study.

This park right now does have many examples right now of just how old trees get uprooted even during the moderate winds of tropical storms.

Above, the photo shows the inside of the trunk of the tree, very rotted when it fell.  Could someone make a science fair project on what kinds of trees need to be trimmed or cut down when near houses? 

The bracket fungi  above look like alien vegetation, almost like that in AMC Theaters trademark video! It's very hard for "amateurs" to tell what is safe to eat. Again, a science project. 

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