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John Day: Land of Past, Present and Future All At Once

John Day: Land of Past, Present and Future All At Once
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Farm along John Day River by Shari Maria Silverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.Farm along John Day River Farm along John Day River

Inadvertently, whether we like it or not, we live in our past. We cozy up and then harvest it, for our present and future. One great example is farming. The soil used was formed from past events, whether it was imported or crops grew right in the stuff that formed over thousands of years. Sometimes, stuff millions of years old might seep down into our fields.

Especially if the farm stands at the base of a hill, and that hill holds a heap of 29 million year old ash.

The farm depicted above grows its harvest at the base of the Blue Basin ash deposit, pictured below approximately 0.1 mile up the trail from where the farm shot was taken. This ash fell on a hardwood forest filled with plants and animals, many of which have been found nearby (hard to picture now in the desert). The people or animals who use or consume the products grown here, will also absorb nutrients stemming from the ash flow, at least partially.

Wild.

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