of muck just below the surface of the water.
break off and float around for a while.
is an interesting natural phenomena
of a marsh.
it is just wood chips and dead vegetation in a partially
decomposed state - kind of a combination of mulch and mud.
forms in areas where there is a regular supply of water
without a strong current. Each year as vegetation dies
and trees fall, they decompose and float in on top of the
earlier deposits. After many years accumulation it can
be deceptively deep. You will see an inch or more of water
and what appears to be bottom, but if you step into it
you find that it is loosely floating particles many feet
deeper layers are compacted, but you can still sink pretty
far before finding even semi-solid footing.
creates a strong suction on objects trapped in its grip.
In my boat, if we really must get through a mucky trail,
I kick up the motor and we paddle over top of the muck.
We have to paddle as fast as we can to keep moving though
- if you stop it kind of sucks in all around you and you
have a very hard time breaking loose.
farts: Gas bubbles form in the fermenting vegetation
and boil up to the surface. They smell pretty much like
you would expect. Maybe worse.
can set off river farts just by poking a paddle into a
muck pile. Sometimes just the pressure of a boat skimming
over the top of a muck pile can set off river farts several
know how to have fun, don't we!