Marcovia Floodplain

"You can observe a lot just by watching." - Y. Berra.

P3N01.jpg (79637 bytes)Floodplain of the Choluteca River near Marcovia.  Weeds grow from sand moved in during the late October  floods.


P3N02.jpg (98974 bytes)On gently sloping ground nearby, clay was deposited by flood waters.


P3N03.jpg (84826 bytes)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.


P3N04.jpg (87071 bytes)Gary examines sugar cane debris caught in a Jícaro tree, evidence of high water.





P3N05.jpg (105838 bytes)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.

P3N06.jpg (59426 bytes)View from higher up.  Note gap between nick point at base of scarp and high water mark (edge of clay deposit).


P3N06P.jpg (49065 bytes)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.

P3N15.jpg (50239 bytes)View from 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.

P3N16.jpg (53593 bytes)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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