Stump in New Channel, Elwha River

Another photo from our visit to the bottom of what was until recently Lake Aldwell. Judging by the stump’s exposed roots, the river here has reached or dug below the old ground level, but for the tree to have grown, the river must originally have flowed elsewhere. Its old channel is still filled with sediment, so it finds new channels, shifting frequently. No one knows if it will eventually return to its old channel, but my money says not. Rivers are changeable things, and its old bed was probably cut into even older sediments, deposited in the last ice age.

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