Alluvial terrains


A composite of riverine meanders, ancient hydrological scars in the earth of California, Owens Valley, like glimpses of old Chinese landscape scrolls –


– taken from the satellites of TerraServer. Fossilized wakes and side-streams, eroding banks of fractal continents. Silt on silt. Everything ending in self-similarity.


Click-on to enlarge! Please!
Meanwhile, see Pruned's uploaded set of geological investigations from the lower Mississippi alluvial basin.

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Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

These would make amazing bookmarks, if there are any designer-printers out there reading BLDGBLOG... If so, be in touch!

January 18, 2006 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, if you like pictures like these, you gots to check out Alaska. Google maps, yo.

January 18, 2006 7:43 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

Will do.

Meanwhile, the originals of the above images are more than a foot wide, and I'm still in awe. If you go to the TerraServer page I link to up there and kind of click around, to the west, you'll find the dried-up remains of Chinatown's Owens Lake. Remnant waterforms. Spectral inland seas. I think hydrology is possibly the most interesting force on the planet right now. If it was up for the NFL draft, it'd be quarterback. Hydrology : the planet :: Vince Young : NFL.

January 18, 2006 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Jose said...

Sort of related: Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, Part IV via http://infosthetics.com/

January 20, 2006 6:59 AM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

Yeah, those Infosthetics maps came from Pruned, which are linked in the above post. But thanks!

January 20, 2006 11:55 AM  

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