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    I recently re-watched the Star Trek: Enterprise series (I’ve been a fan since kindergarten), much of which revolves around an alien orbital weapon used to cut a swath of destruction across the Earth. It reminded me of the Snake River Plain spreading across the horizon behind us.

    Idaho has been dragged steadily westward over the molten engine that now lies beneath Yellowstone Park, leaving a swath of eruptive destruction fifty miles wide and four hundred miles long, across the entire state. It puts the Xindi weapon to shame.

    The decimated landscape became a collector of waters running out of mountains that remained to the north and south, eventually forming massive Lake Idaho that would deposit hundreds of feet of sediment (today’s chalky hills) during the millennia it endured.

    Here in the Owyhees we see those ancient upheavals writ large and unapologetic.

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