The old-timers

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At the Wyoming Information Center, beside Interstate 80 just south of Cheyenne, eleven picnic tables are enclosed in brick silos, and each silo has a picture window, so that visitors to Wyoming can picnic more or less al fresco and not be blown home. On the range, virtually every house has a shelter belt of trees-and for the most part the houses are of one story. Used tires cover the tops of mobile homes. Otherwise, wind tears off the roofs. Mary Kraus, a sedimentologist from the University of Colorado, got out of her car one day in north-central Wyoming and went to work on an outcrop. The wind zakelijke energie blew the car off a cliff A propeller-drawn airplane that serves Wyoming is known as the Vomit Comet. When people step off it, they look like spotted slate. “Most people today don’t realize the power of wind and sand,” Love s3id. “Roads are paved. But in the first fifty years of the Lincoln Highway you didn’t like to travel west in the afternoon. You’d lose the finish on your car. Your windshield became so pitted you could hardly see out.” The Highway Department has not yet paved the wind. On I-80, wind will capsize tractor-trailers. When snow falls on Wyoming, its travels are only beginning. Snow snows again, from the ground up, moves along the surface in ground blizzards that can blind whole counties. Ground blizzards bury houses. In roadcuts, they make drifts fifty feet deep. The wind may return ahead of the¬†plows and take the snow away. The old-timers used to say, “Snow doesn’t melt here; it just wears out.” Interstate 80 has been closed by snow in Wyoming in every month but August-sometimes closed for days. Before Amtrak dropped its Wyoming passenger service, people stranded on I-80 used to abandon their cars and make their escape by train. The most inclement stretch of 80 is east of Rawlins where it skirts the tip of the Medicine Bows, where anemometers set on guardrails beside the highway frequently zakelijke energie vergelijken catch the wind exceeding the speed limit. Now, looking from mountains to mountains west over the Laramie Plains-his gaze bridging fifty miles of what had fairly recently been solid ground-Love said he thought the role of the wind had been much greater than hitherto suspected in the Exhumation of the Rockies. Water, of course, was the obvious agent for the digging and removal of the basin fill, as a look at the Mississippi Delta would tend to confirm. Many miles off the coast there, you could drill down into the muck and after fifteen thousand feet the bit would still be in the Miocene.

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