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Alluvial Porn
Alluvial
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  • Howard
  • June 18, 2010 at 4:13:00 PM CDT
  • New insight: Baroque, Rococo, Arabesque etc. are simplifications of such natural sights, not elaboration and ornamentation of them.


  • Peggy
  • June 18, 2010 at 5:03:00 PM CDT
  • Poignant to see this beautiful and (I'm assuming) relatively untouched landscape when another similar landscape is being smothered by oil.


  • Anonymous
  • June 19, 2010 at 1:57:00 AM CDT
  • Alaska?


  • Joslyn769
  • June 19, 2010 at 5:02:00 AM CDT
  • Wow... I agree with Peggy.


  • Anonymous
  • June 19, 2010 at 12:02:00 PM CDT
  • pornography developed during the victorian times - when sex was something to be closeted.
    it's definitely a turn on to see the imagery here - but i wonder if we, as a society could tend toward the erotic nature of this landscape instead of the "pornographic"...


  • Alexander Trevi
  • June 20, 2010 at 10:46:00 AM CDT
  • It's the Yukon River in Alaska. Click on the coordinates above to see it on Google Maps.


  • Alexander Trevi
  • June 20, 2010 at 10:56:00 AM CDT
  • To correct myself, it's the Yukon and Porcupine Rivers. The Porcupine is in the lower third of the image, with the darker waters.


  • Anonymous
  • June 21, 2010 at 6:45:00 AM CDT
  • Waiting for final spreading of alluvial plane, where the river would dissolve into ocean waters, or lake waters, but the series takes that right following the Porcupine, I am assuming from above comments..Is the Porky faster and deeper - is that why it seems more constricted?
    The porn is ultimately denied an ending..Needs to have the final phases of the Yukon apended, so we can be done..
    (Hey, you are the one who called it porn!)
    : )



    ; )


  • Alexander Trevi
  • June 21, 2010 at 8:16:00 PM CDT
  • Hey Anonymous ( JUNE 21, 2010 6:45:00 AM CDT ):

    I'm not entirely sure why the waters of the Porcupine in the aerial photo is darker than the Yukon's. Whether it's due to Google's (or their satellite photo provider's) image processing or the water depth or the sun's angle at the time of the satellite's flyby: I just don't know. Perhaps someone would care to explain or speculate.

    I am more sure, however, that the more a river meanders, the slower it gets -- and also shallower, as a slower velocity means suspended sediments have a better chance of settling down to the river bed.

    But is the Porcupine faster and deeper than the Yukon? I haven't a clue.

    Anyway, an earlier version of the image above did include more of the Yukon, the part south of the junction between the two rivers. It was collaged in. You actually see more of the surrounding landscape.

    But in the end I decided to constrain the view and make a teaser out of it. It's as though you're peeking through a keyhole at a ravishing object en deshabille. If it arouses you, then you only need to click on the coordinates to see it in all its glory.


  • Anonymous
  • June 22, 2010 at 10:47:00 AM CDT
  • thank you for your reply - I will click away for the total glory - this teaser was too much for me to stop now..

    hee hee..


  • zan
  • June 25, 2010 at 9:40:00 AM CDT
  • Hey,

    Beautiful post, thanks. The porcupine river is darker because it is rich in dissolved organic matter and light in suspended sediment. The Yukon at this point has the White and Donjek river systems dumping tons of sediment in upstream, no major glacier activity up the Porc. Consider throwing in a North arrow next time to be more geo-maperific.


  • moon
  • June 19, 2011 at 11:20:00 PM CDT
  • beautiful! breath taking!


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