Environment/ Woo-Woo: I don’t get much time off, despite being nominally retired. Keeping up on markets, news, and doing original research into topics that really fascinate me leave little time for sleep, and none (to speak of) for outright lazing-about. Thought you might be interested in where certain projects are…and perhaps they will stir further adventures in your own Life…
The Lost River, II
We recently offered a marvelous article to our Peoplenomics.com subscribers about a “lost river” that runs from near the Canadian border down to the Sea of Cortez. It was not written by me, but by that most thoughtful researchers. Robert Nelson, who runs the fantastic collection of all thing esoteric at www.rexresearch.com. This is a reputed river that runs both above and below ground and its legend comes replete with wild tales of rich gold ore and even a Nazi submarine…
While it would be tempting to write off the story as pure hokum, the research that Robert came up with – mostly from turn of the last century newspapers – lays out a compelling case.
With a bit of time, and using online search tools, like Google Earth to name the 800-pound gorilla of the modern treasure hunter and adventurers, it may be possible to do from space what hasn’t been done well previously on foot.
While Elaine and I are still planning a trip up to see Robert in Nevada in 2018 (he knows where the opening to this underground marvel likely is), we are keeping our antennae up for hints of the Lost River in the contemporary flow of news.
You can be forgiven is you missed it, but there was an article in the New York Times, a few days ago, titled “The Amargosa River Defies the Desert.”
To be sure, the NY Times story is largely a conservation and climate change piece, which mostly missed the boat regarding the elusive “Lost River of Gold.”
“The number of endangered and extinct species here speaks to the precariousness of life in the Mojave. The Tecopa pupfish is extinct because a local hot springs facility drained its habitat. The marsh of the endangered Amargosa vole — which numbers a few hundred — was accidentally drained by a road crew last year. The dried-out marsh caught fire, destroying 10 to 20 percent of the vole habitat.“
It was a near-miss. The NY Times story gives a sense of the land…and if you want to cry your eyes out over the possible loss of the pupfish, have at it.
But the story missed the larger – more interesting tale – of the Lost River that Robert calls the Alph. It’s a dandy Peoplenomics report and since Nelson’s search is a great starting point, we may be glued to Google Earth for a day, or three, watching no so much the terrain, but looking at coloration gradients and the “elevation window” in the lower right of our screen.
Another Treasure Quest
I’m sure that similar thoughts have crossed the minds of half the people in Phoenix, too, when it comes to the Lost Dutchman Mine stroies from up in the Superstition Mountains.
We recently “bulked up” our readings in the area since I’ve been after Elaine to work more on her writing. She’s quite good at it. tending toward the late Jackie Collins in style, people, and settings. I tossed out a title (“The Dutchman’s Mistress“) which I thought would fit her latter-day knowledge of the Valley and the tromping around through The Supes she’s done with her brother. The Supes is what the mountains are called, east of Apache Junction by Phoenix locals.
During the research, it occurred to me there are probably some good treasures to be found here in Texas. As a semi-local example: Fletcher’s Treasure is yet to be found.
Flip over here and read “THE LEGEND OF JOHN FLETCHER’S BURIED TREASURE By W. T. Block.”
What I’m working on (as a distraction or hobby) is t a “simplified treasure-seeking method.”
Seems to me people aren’t very smart about exploiting gaps in cultural knowledge created by new technology. I know, “Huh? Translate, please?”
Sure: Modern-day prospecting tools like the new deep-seeking metal detector I’ve ordered (which may be another holiday distrction) were not around until the 1970’s in any number. Even more usefully, how old is Google Earth? [10 trivia points if you knew June 11, 2001 without looking!]
Knowing this, you can see where the “technology gap” is: All you need to do is find some smaller, rural newspapers with an old-time news morgue (or ‘the stacks’ of old books in public libraries) try around 910.453.
Side show: The book call numbers depend whether you’re following the Melvil Decimal System (MDS) or the Dewey Decimal System(DDC). I might find “treasure” in the Dewey 976’s.
If you weren’t aware, even though it came out more than 100-years back, there’s a copyright issue involved in the DDC. It’s presently claimed as “owned” by the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Although LibraryThing.com offers this view of their alternative Melvil Decimal System (MDS) in what’s become a contested area of IP (intellectural property):
“Why MDS? Although he invented his system in 1876, and has been dead for 79 years, Dewey lives on. The library conglomerate OCLC continues to produce new editions, which are copyrighted. And the terms “Dewey,” “Dewey Decimal,” “DDC” and so forth are registered trademarks of OCLC. In the past OCLC has been touchy about Dewey. They once sued the Library Hotel for putting books in rooms according to the rooms’ Dewey number. So we aren’t taking any chances.
Although OCLC updates the Dewey Decimal System, they cannot own the numbers themselves, which are assigned by librarians around the world. Nor can they own the system as it existed in 1922—for that edition is out of copyright.” [Emphasis added by…uh….]
So we’ve made a note to only reference the USDS (*urbansurvival decimal system) to keep lawyering to a minimum around here. (If we ever find Big Treasure and we have a cast of cutthroat lawyers to field, we’ll get more abusive in our numbering of things.)
Back to point: The “gulf” that dyed-in-the-wool treasure-seekers should be exploiting would be Sources on the one hand, preferrably those prior to 1955, or so. And then conduct the research with modern-day tools like Google Earth, on the other. Aided by your quest into the dusty pages of old-time rural newspapers.
More in tomorrow’s column – because there’s so damn much research to do and there’s so little time available…
Still out there is that damn “quest for the space-time ripping sSund…” [Voice of God] to be dealt with and the fallout from that research – ultra-emotional music. But, more on that when next we bean…
Oh, be sure to get a copy of Robert Nelson’s Civilization Kit CD here, too…we “old men of the web” do interesting things when no one’s looking. Kind of like elves…
Write when you get rich,