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Devils lake, Cool or Cruel?

Updated on March 22, 2011
Crudely outlined in yellow
Crudely outlined in yellow

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.


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    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      yes it does. Nature often does that. What suprises me is why people keep building on places that are prone to and have natural disasters on a regular basis, and then act surprised when their house falls.

    • vietnamvet68 profile image


      8 years ago from New York State

      It seems this lake is taking what it wants, seems I read about another lake doing this same thing. Great hub voted up...........

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      Abdinasir Aden 

      8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      This is something happens all over the wall and that is they way lakes or oceans started or expanded. Like hundred years ago the was no what we call today Red Sea and travelled from East Africa to Yemen by foot. Today is a sea you have to travel with ship or plane. Thanks for sharing brother.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      Thanks Bobbi I am glad that I can bring joy into your life. Joy is the simplest gift to give, and it is welcome beyond words by those we give it to.

    • BobbiRant profile image


      8 years ago from New York

      Wow. I learned a lot from this hub. I really enjoy all of your writings. Very well done. thanks for this great information.

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      8 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      The lake seem alive and taking over the land. Interesting.

      Here in Indonesia, there is a place in East Java called as Lapindo Mud, and like its name, it is consisted as mud everywhere, as big as a big lake. It was a regency city once with oil and Gas company called Lapindo which located in it. One day the company seem drilled at wrong place and from it, mud bursted like fountain and flooded the city and everything around it and seem will never stop. Many new mud fountains had emerged and seem will never stop flooding the land with mud for almost 6 years now. It drowning 10 factories, 90 hectare of land and hundreds houses, cause many people lost their home and jobs.

      Our government tried to pushed the company to pay compensation but it seem the company still not able to pay all compensation and it caused many people live in hard life.

      The Earth taken over the city, yes. But it happened because human greed and careless behavior. So sad.

    • pintails7886 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Memphis TN

      LOL Micky, I guess it wants the same thing me and you do. It wants to show the world who is right and who is wrong. Maybe the lake wants a new house and car, so it takes it. I just wrote this hub to get a way for a bit, if you know what I mean. To try my skills at something less controversial. How did I do?

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo pintails! What does that lake want?


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