Nov. 5th Centennial Update

Hey everyone! I went to visit my site again on a cloudy November day and was excited to see some distinct changes. Firstly, the ground that had been exclusively covered in golden brown pine needles was now mixed with yellow sugar maple leaves which blew in from where they grow at the edge of the stream. This will create fresh organic material on the O-horizon on the soil. The lack of leaves in the canopy will allow for more sunlight to reach the vegetation.  Secondly, the stream looked very impressive this visit because all the rain recently caused a very high stream flow, and expanding the width of the stream. A windy stream such as this one indicates the bank is being actively undercut by the stream flow and eroding the edges. Places that had been uncovered sandy areas before, were now hidden by all the water which appeared to have a high turbidity because of it’s brownish color. The Sugar Maples are still retaining a decent portion of their leaves, but significantly less than my last visit as evidenced by their presence on the forest floor. The conifers look much the same, except for the vivid green color and almost black bark that resulted from being absolutely saturated with rain. I spent a good amount of my time there, walking the length of the area and observing. I hope my experience is transferred through the event map I created. 

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