A River Runs Through, Then Runs Backward
April 29, 2008 8:49 AM Subscribe
Is it rare, or just infrequent, to find a river branch whose confluence with a creek or other waterway, causes it to reverse direction?
posted by skyper to science & nature (8 answers total)
I once visited a former mill-converted-inn around Pendleton County, West Virginia where an old map of the nearby (Potomac?) river was pinned on the wall. The overseer of the inn described how its previous use as a Mill was enabled by the meeting of "South Branch" with (of?) a creek such that it virtually "reversed direction" geographically and thus powered the mill effectively. However, I'm not finding direct references online to this phenomenon. Vaguely recall this person insisting "Only here and not many other places do you find this sort of thing" like a creek/river switching directions or flowing first one way then another.
Anyone have familiarity with what he was talking about? Thanks.