"You can observe a lot just by watching." - Y. Berra.
Floodplain of the Choluteca River near Marcovia. Weeds grow from sand moved in during the late October floods.
On gently sloping ground nearby, clay was deposited by flood waters.
A change in slope at the foot of a scarp marks the edge of the "geological" floodplain. Above the nick point are located "older alluvium" on which Marcovia Nueva is being constructed.
Gary examines sugar cane debris caught in a Jícaro tree, evidence of high water.
Edge of clay marks high water mark. The nick point in the slope that marks the edge of the geological floodplain lies at least 2 meters higher up. This gap between the high water mark from Mitch and the nick point can be followed for several hundred meters. A reasonable person could conclude that Mitch was not the most powerful flood to occur in this location during the recent (geological) past.
View from higher up. Note gap between nick point at base of scarp and high water mark (edge of clay deposit).
Is this what Mitch flood waters would have looked like from this spot on a sunny day early last November? Other colors might be more appropriate for water carrying a heavy load of silt and clay.
the middle of the floodplain. Rotting sugar cane is everywhere - the place smells
like a rum factory. Irrigation ditches are ruined and buildings destroyed.
Smoke in the distance rises above cane fields (some were not destroyed by the
flood) being burned before harvest.
Boulders the size of bowling balls lie on top of rotting cane. How fast does water have to flow in order to roll around rocks this large?
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