Tuesday, January 23, 2007

underground springs

"CAUTION: Glacier appearing on road" is a roadsign I've never had to deal with before...but here it is, up at the north end of Dawson. the so-called glacier is a large bumpy ice slick created by an underground spring, which periodically breaks into people's basements, overflows across paths and roads, and in some cases has moved entire houses. few buildings here have underground foundations, because of the permafrost, so a moving mini-glacier can actually pick up a house and slide it downhill. fortunately, Berton House is apparently not built on one of these springs...

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