These unusual marks are along the Arkansas River. They are possibly scarring from ATV activity.
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By: bonjbrown


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KRL picture
@ 2010-12-02 08:08:09
Appear to be old "oxbows" of alluvial formations.
kjfitz picture
@ 2010-12-02 08:24:15
They are a bit small for oxbows / meanders. And I'd expect to see them all around the area if they were. They seem local to this small patch though.

I think the story becomes clearer when you look in Bing. There has been a lot of earth moving in the area to deal with flooding and draining. See the area just to the NW. The plain just to the east has a few of the trenches and they look like they are the result of earth removal, probably to build the mounds and mini-dams in the channel to the NW.
kjfitz picture
@ 2010-12-02 08:25:58
The sweeping canal that someone has obviously been trying to block with the 'mini-dams' IS most definitely an oxbow though.
kjfitz picture
@ 2010-12-02 08:28:03
OK, counter argument in favor of KRL's oxbow theory is this site to the south. Now I'm not convinced it is earth moving.
kjfitz picture
@ 2010-12-02 08:30:08
BUT... this definitely is earth moving. It may be a mix of both?
Anonymous picture
@ 2010-12-02 09:26:05
A trip through the Google Earth timeline might be helpful?
kjfitz picture
@ 2010-12-02 09:41:15
Anonymous is right. The March 2003 imagery clearly shows tracks going from the excavations to the mini-dams. Thanks anonymous.