Apparently, the Pacific is warming…uh-oh!
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High up in the Two Ocean Pass area in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, there’s a creek that splits at the Contential Divide.
One fork of Two Ocean Creek becomes Pacific Creek and it flows into the Snake River near Moran Junction in Grand Teton National Park. From there, the Snake eventually winds its way into the Columbia and then into the Pacific Ocean, a total distance of 1,353 miles. The other creek is Atlantic Creek, which flows 3,488 miles to the Gulf (which of course, opens to the Atlantic Ocean) via the Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
So, before the dams, a steelhead or salmon coming up out of the Pacific hypothetically could have made it up and over the “hump” and then down through St. Louis and eventually out to the salt past New Orleans. Or how about something kooky like a paddlefish coming up outta the Missouri and making it down to Portland on the Columbia? I’m sure there were plenty of impassable barriers somewhere alone the way, but it’s kinda fun to think about, anyway…
Some fish really do make it over the divide — the creek is the immigration route of the cutthroat trout from the Snake River (Pacific drainage) to Yellowstone Lake of the Missouri River Drainage (Atlantic drainage).
Read more about Two Oceans Creek HERE
When I was attending Humboldt State University in Northern California, I always wanted to be there the moment the sand bar that separates Big Lagoon’s freshwater from the surf of the Pacific breached.
Sadly, I never got the timing right, but photographer Nick Adams was on hand this week to see it…and snap pix.
After a heavy rain, the lagoon will fill — the sand bar acting like a dam. When the lake is filled to the brim and you get the right surf/tide conditions, the sand bar busts open.
When it does, the water in the lagoon goes ripping out to sea, like a huge bathtub that’s being drained.
The entire lagoon becomes a raging river and has enough current to suck boats out if any were unlucky enough to be on the water at the time of the breach.
What an amazing sight it must be I person! The raw power of all that water smashing head-long into the surf has to be awesome!
Visit Lostcoastoutpost to see all the pix. So cool!!
Here’s a Google Earth shot so you get a feel for the size of the place…