When we were planning this issue of Mountain Musings, I found myself at a loss for a topic, so Mr. Dan was gracious enough to allow the class to select my topic. As a result I was given the topic of The Geology of the River Stream. 

Because there were no river streams near the FMA campus I was allowed to wait until I was out on expedition number eight, because one of our camp spots would be where a river met a stream, hence a river stream. 

As soon as I arrived in camp, and had my tent set up I went to visit the river stream. The first thing I noticed was the abundance of animal life, particularly snakes and frogs. Then I noted that all the rocks in the stream built up at the location where the stream meets the river. The rocks were covered with a thin layer of moss, with rings of sediment circling out from the center. My fellow student, Ralph Russ, from whom the idea for this article originated, informed me that this means the rocks were thirteen years old. He also informed me that a calculation of the layers of sediment surrounding the rocks would come out to be 14.35164, and would indicate that the rocks were sturdy and strong.

I haven’t yet put Ralph’s thesis to the test, and although he came up with this information in the absence of any scientific equipment, he delivered it with great confidence. Because I have learned that the geology of the river stream is a more important topic than I might have originally thought, I plan to investigate it in depth with the proper equipment. While Ralph’s figures, and his interpretation of them might seem suspect to some, it is a topic for which he has expressed great interest, and I’m sure that despite a significant body of evidence to the contrary, with more in depth study, we will indeed discover that rocks are formed in thirteen years.

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