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Uploaded: 12/17/21 6:43 PM GMT
History Revealed: Old & New
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North Dakota experienced a drought in 2020 and 2021 (in more ways than just water), dropping 200-mile-long Lake Sakakawea at least 15 feet, bringing long submerged objects into the light of day. On the north shore, at the southern edge of Fort Stevenson State Park, pieces of prehistoric petrified wood appeared, like this many-millions-of-years-old specimen, about two feet long and weighing around a couple hundred pounds. The black material is crushed coal or, more specifically, the remains of trees at least as old or older than the petrified wood. The light reddish-orange stone is clinker, or *scoria*, most commonly found in the western badlands but can also be found further east. The red plants you see are a much earlier specimen, a noxious underwater weed called Curly Leaf Pondweed, red and somewhat shriveled from being exposed to the air. 3

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::corngrowth
12/18/21 10:22 AM GMT
'Nik', I suppose that it wasn't easy to find these 'ingredients' for such a remarkable composition. Who else but you could provide us with an accompanying well-documented narrative. Again a perfect match between the written word and a well-composed photograph!
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::tigger3
12/19/21 5:13 PM GMT
I totally agree with Cornelius, very well done Nik!tigs=^..^=
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.ted3020
12/22/21 10:18 PM GMT
I'd rather have the water these days. I'm sure a lot of people scour the lakes that are low from drought.
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