posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 03:10 PM
reply to post by stirling
One of my fossiling friends mentioned the gold thing before. I have been too busy looking for fossils when I am there to think of gold though to be
honest. I don't sell my fossils I just like to study them and enjoy looking at them.
I don't think any area is as low as this area at the moment. The first place to shut down would be the area from Cape Girardeau to Thebes. So I do
not think any place has to worry about being shut down before this area.
Right now I think it is as restrictive as it can get. I think that is why the rock removal is underway. There have been cases of barges running
aground and I think this area is in a very real risk of this.
In the first photo in the OP you can see a sand bar that reaches over half way across where water should be flowing. Early this summer there was not a
steep bank on it, it just merged into the water. The water level has gotten so low that the sand bar looks as if it has grown. At that point the
barges now have to wait and go through one at a time. Barges have also been taking lighter loads.
As for water level I have no idea how they measure it to be honest. I have been trying to figure that out myself. Last night I listed the water levels
and how they had dropped in 12 hours. Right now they are listed on my phone as Cape Girardeau being 5.6 feet and Thebes being 3.96. So at least in the
last 12 hours they have not changed. I feel certain though that that is not the actual depth where the barges pass through. I think it would be
impossible for a barge even unloaded to go through less than 4 feet of water. I might be wrong on that but it seems like a stretch.
You bring up some good questions about the Fault line. That is something I had not thought of before. I do not see the river draining the great lakes
though. I think they will completely shut off water flow to the river before that happens.
There are some really good questions coming up in this thread. I hope someone smarter than myself can come in and answer a few of them.