Wednesday, April 27, 2011
How long does it take to build an ark?
Each winter snow falls in the mountains and each spring the snow melts. The so-called runoff and spring rains swell rivers, some years more than others. The Missouri, the Ohio, the Illinois, the Tennessee, the Cumberland Rivers and many more -- they all eventually flow into the mighty Mississippi.
The Mississippi River at Memphis is normally about 183 feet deep and nearly one mile wide. Now it looks to be about two miles wide, sprawling on the Arkansas side. The depth is measured from what they call gauge zero (183 feet at Memphis, but different at other places along the river) and it's around 40 feet above that and heading higher. The river is considered to be at flood stage when it's 34 feet above gauge (also spelled gage) zero. Read more about that here and here.
Photo by MOJO and taken after work today with my P&S.