ok, well this will more than likely be my only contribution to this forum, but here goes...
if humanity were to suffer a major catastrophe that would place humans in a situation that they needed to flee from civilization to survive, i know
where i'm going.
enter the badlands of North Dakota. nearby (for me), food, water, shelter, some forest on the side. perfect for eluding others. it has some very rough
terrain, diverse foliage (which i will elaborate on later), and plenty of game to hunt for food.
in the badlands there is the Little Missouri river, an excellent source of water, though it is a little muddy. that, however can be cured by letting
it settle for a while. in the 50's this river was dammed by the US Corps of Engineers. it now hosts Lake Sakakawea, which is full of fish that can be
caught for food.
Bison, deer, grouse, pheasant, geese, ducks, antelope, cattle, horses, etc are in the area, which can be hunted. just make sure that the horse is not
someone elses'... And because the ammo will not last you long, you can always make a bow and arrow. chop down a tree, find an antler, some flint, and
some sinew, and you have a bow in the making.
plants are everywhere. many of these are edible, and some are medicinal.
Western Yarrow- spuds.agron.ksu.edu...
this forb has white flowers on top that, when crushed and mixed with water, creates a medicinal poultice. this poultice is especially useful on snake
bites. it acts as a drawer for the venom, and may save your life. its fringed leaves also have a strong citrus odor that helps to clear the
Ground plum- www.cas.vanderbilt.edu...
this plant has edible fruit that grows near the ground. the fruit tastes like a fresh pea, and is also nutritious i do believe.
Lambert's crazyweed- spuds.agron.ksu.edu...
avoid this plant. it is distinguishible by its purple flowers, that i think resemble mini angels trumpets. this plant is poisonous, and if consumed
will cause the tongue and brain lining to swell, and produce extreme thirst. you will eventually die from thirst.
Purple coneflower or echinacea- aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu...
this plant is useful if you need to do oral surgery or are suffering from a toothache. the root of this plant, when eaten, causes a numbing sensation
in the mouth.
a similar, more potent plant would american licorice, which has a red stem, and elongated leaves. is similar in looks to curlycup gumweed, but the
leaves are not sticky.
Mariposa Lily- www.vintagephoto.tv...
this white flower with a yellow and black throat has a root that looks like a potato that is edible.
i hope this information was helpful in case you ever find yourself stranded in the badlands or a catastrophe does fall upon humanity. :^D
[edit on 19-6-2010 by LocoHombre]