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Old 09-01-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Cranberry Lake Stumps?

I just spent 3 days on Cranberry Lake with my wife and 20 month old son. We paddled out of Wanakena to Dead Creak Flow. I saw many old tree stumps just below the water and sticking above. From what I read the Lake was created in 1865 . How is it that there are still stumps almost 150 yrs later? I think the would have all rotted by now.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:01 AM   #2
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It's something about aerobic v anaerobic bacteria. I'm not a biologist, but when a tree falls in the woods, there are aerobic bacteria to cause decay. There are only anerobic bacteria in the water and they work at a much slower rate. The part of the tree sticking up in the air dry rots very slowly as well.

Mayb one of our bio folks can add to this.

Back in the day, dam builders were not required to clear the land they were flooding, thus the sumps. The valley was simply flooded, treees & all. Nowadays, (no more dams, please!) the land must be cleared of stumps before a dam is built.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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I'm not positive but I believe the height of the dam was increased around 1910. Don't quote me on that though.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:12 AM   #4
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According to BMcM, the first dam was authorized in 1865, finished in 1867. It was 15' high. This dam was replaced in 1916 with a concrete one. That dam has been replaced twice.

One flooded bay was nicknamed the "Hop Yard" becaue the tree stumps resembled a hop field.

At one time, Cranberry Lake was one of the finest brook trout waters in the northeast. After the dam was built, the water warmed and bass were introduced.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:31 AM   #5
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There is a business of folks that go after submerged wood after a couple of hundred years. Not in the ADK protected areas.http://www1.american.edu/ted/sunkwood.htm Those thick logs and stumps do not go away.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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Just got back from Lake Constance in Austria, GR, & SW, in Europe. I saw pilings that had been driven into lake bottom sediments 5000 years ago. The wood that was underwater had not decayed.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #7
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There is a business of folks that go after submerged wood after a couple of hundred years. Not in the ADK protected areas.http://www1.american.edu/ted/sunkwood.htm Those thick logs and stumps do not go away.
http://www1.american.edu/ted/sunkwood.htm
Thanks for reminding me about that. I have a faint memory of a company that is harvesting the old timbers from the continetal RR that went across the Great Salt Lake. I guess these timbers are just about petrified by the salt and other elements and are of considerable value.

Speaking of salt, there was a shelter on the LT that was put together on Cape Cod, exposed to the salt air, trucked to VT, reassembled and then became favorite food for the porkies.
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