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Revillo, South Dakota

Posted by graywacke on June 28, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much an every-third-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2028; A Landing A Day blog post number 446.

 Dan –  Here I sat, one USer away from the benchmark Score of 150 and what happens?  Of course, another OSer … SD; 54/51; 5/10; 13; 150.8.   Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My closer-in landing map shows that I landed in the boonies amongst (what else?) some small towns:

 landing 2

My Google Earth (GE) shot shows this artsy agricultural landscape; a study in shades of green:

 ge 1

I landed in a low spot that might pond up after a heavy rain.  I guess I could have called this an internally-drained landing, but I figured, what the heck – if it really rains hard and the little pond overflows, the water ends up in Monaghan Creek, on to the West Fork of the Lac Qui Parle River (2nd hit); on to the Lac Qui Parle (4th hit); to the Minnesota R (13th hit); to the MM (796th hit).

 As you can see, I’ve landed in the Lac Qui Parle watershed before.  I revisited one of my posts (December 8, 2008 – Bellingham MN), where I had this to say about the name:

Ah, so poetic:  “Lake Which Speaks” River.  So, what’s the story here?  Wiki says that the River was named for the Sioux word for a lake on the Minnesota River that is located just upstream from where the Lac Qui Parle River joins the Minnesota.  Evidently, the Lac Qui Parle River built up a delta where it emptied into the Minnesota, forming the Lac Qui Parle Lake.  There’s a dam there now, but evidently, the dam just enhanced a natural lake already there.

The Lac Qui Parle Lake is one of those gilding-the-lily kind of names:  the Lake Which Speaks Lake.  Like the Schuylkill River (“kill” is Dutch for River, so it’s the Schuyl River River).  I’m sure there are others.  I just asked Jody, and she mentioned Mt. Fujiyama.  “Yama” means mountain, so plain ol’ Fujiyama (or Mt. Fuji) will do just fine.

But why, the Lake Which Speaks?  Ah . . from a book entitled “Minnesota Geographic Names” comes the supposition that “its name most probably was suggested to the Indians by echoes thrown back from the bordering bluffs.”

Moving right along – of course, this terrain is glaciated; the little low area like where I landed is most likely a kettle, which is a depression that formed when a chunk of glacial ice got dumped along with (and buried by) all of the other glacial moraine stuff (rocks, sand & clay).  Eventually, the chunks of ice melt, leaving behind low spots (kettles).

 Speaking of glacial terrain:  while perusing GE, I saw a peculiar landscape south of my landing (see all of the squiggles?):

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 Zooming in . . .

 ge 3

Looks like very strange patterns of tree growth, eh?  Zooming in even further:

 ge 4

I’m baffled.  I figure that this must have something to do with glaciers, but damned if I can figure out what.  I did some research (checking out the geology of Deuel County, for example), but nobody talking about this weird vegetation pattern.  Alien visitation?

 My readers are welcome to comment.  Of course, I’d love it if a local could tell us what’s going on!

 As for the nearby towns:  I checked out Clear Lake, Goodwin, Gary, Altamont, Revillo, and others not on the map.  I could find no hooks!  Oh sure, there’s a little history, and each of the towns is named for some reason or other.  So why did I choose Revillo as my titular town?  Because, according to Wiki, it’s “Olliver” spelled backwards.  Good enough for me (in spite of the two els).

 I’ll close with a couple of  pictures of Lake Alice (located a couple of miles north of my landing).  First this, from 1000LakesMinnesota.com:


And finally, a sunset shot over the lake by Teka Ranch, posted on CamVista.com:


 That’ll do it.




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