Devils lake, Cool or Cruel?
Devils Lake North Dakota
The town of Devils Lake has slowly been pushed back by a lake refusing to give any ground back. Over the last 20 years this lake has taken not only thousands of acres and a few homes, but has meant the end of 2 entire towns. With weather patterns predicted to stay relatively the same for the next 10 years at least, there is not much hope for this community, though the lake will be faring quite well. The excess rain and snow melt again has the lake only 6 feet from overflowing yet again. Some of the locals are calling it "slow torture". With no natural outflowing river, there is very little to ease the ever increasing build up of the lake, and will continue to grow.
You can find the news story here;
Personally I think this is a good change of pace. Too many times we hear about humans taking more and more room for ourselves, so much in places we have no choice but to build ever higher into the sky. Causing an entirely new pollution problem, sight pollution. A new phenomenon that has held back the development of windmills as a "green" power source. We humans believe that in the name of domination and wealth we have the right to rape, pillage, and plunder the land. Why shouldn't we? Throughout history we have held no reserves about doing this to other humans, so it is only natural that we would do it to something with no feelings, right?
It is sad when people lose their homes to any kind of disaster, I know, I lost my house to a freak accident and it burned down. However, when you knowingly build a house on a fault line, flood zone, or on a volcano how much piety can we give you? I didn't build my house on a highway, and it was 200 yards off a dirt road, yet some how a car ended up on the opposite side of the house, going fast enough to bust through a reinforced concrete wall and explode in my bed room. Yet that is totally different than building around a lake with no spill way, natural or otherwise. These people have known about this for over 20 years now yet they continue to pack the edge of the lake ever more densely so they can have a pretty view of the water, and act surprised when they lose their home to a flood.
In mans never ending struggle against everything, one thing we have yet to beat with no mercy is the weather. Though, somehow that is even starting to change ever so slowly. With all the ranting about the global warming myths, and storms growing stronger and stronger because of the actions man has taken, one can not help but smile at something like this. Nature taking back what we have decided to claim for ourselves.
Regardless of anyones opinion, read the news story its is very interesting. Please feel free to post any knowledge you may have on this subject or a similar story. Maybe suggestions on how to help. Lets please not turn this into a fight over global warming.
For those of you that can understand this (I can't, lol) here is some landsat info on Devil's Lake.