Friday, June 20, 2014

Flat Land

Seward County Nebraska is 24 miles square. The western 3/4's of the county looks very much like the picture. The eastern 1/4th was glaciated and hilly. The Ogallala Aquifer which covers a major portion of western and central Nebraska underlies the western part of the county and provides groundwater for irrigation. The Dakota Aquifer lies under the Ogallala which the glaciated area of the County must rely on for domestic use from wells 400ft or more, in depth. There are 60-70 coal trains/day on the main line of the Burlington Santa Fe Rail Road which runs through the county. Many of the trains are over a mile in length. This picture was taken from the Beaver Crossing spur approaching NE #34. Tamora elevators, 3 1/2 miles away, are visible beyond the end of the train. This is an area of prime agricultural land and hopefully its production can be maintained by the "sustainable use" of irrigation water from the Ogallala Aquifer. 

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