To the untrained eye, it would seem folly to select Nebraska as
a site for geologic study. As it arises from the rain shadow
of the American Rocky Mountains, there is little precipitation
thus yielding short and scrubby vegetation.
As a result, the soil is not nearly as rich
as the dark Mollisols of the tall grass
prairies to the east.
The land is generally flat, lacking the
dramatic topography of its western
Yet, it is precisely this subtlety and
this poverty of "interesting"
surface features that make Nebraska the
perfect location for study.
Nebraska is centrally located in the United
States. The state encompasses 199,113 sq.
kilometers (76,878 sq. miles). Roughly
two-thirds of its 1.6 million residents
live in urban areas
Nebraska is a large easel upon which
NebCorp may paint stunning vistas
and create breathetaking landscapes.
It is uncluttered by any excess of
naturally occuring anything. For it
would be a shame to remove an
abundance of flora and fauna in order
to perform experiments.
Overview of Resources
What few precious resources the state
possesses it possesses in great
abundance. Below the surface
of Nebraska lies a giant store of
dihydrogen monoxide dHMO. This
abundant, naturally-occuring chemical
is essential to life on earth, yet it
is also a destructive chemical in
any quantity, depending on its
Its proper management, extraction, and
utilization is key to promoting the
goals of NebCorp's Master Plan.
in Figure 1 (below) indicates the
abundance of dHMO wells in the state.
From this diagram, a qualitative
assessment of well density may be
obtained. From the diagram it
can be seen clearly that Nebraska
sits atop a veritable motherlode
of the chemical dHMO.
Figure 1. State map of Nebraska showing locations of
registered dHMO wells. (Five digit numbers indicate Dihydrogen
Monoxide Monitoring Districts)
Secondly, the general topography of
Nebraska is key to understanding much
of the natural phenomena which occur
in much of the rest of the country.
Nebraska is at the nexus of the
development of weather systems. The
open landscape allows weather systems
coming off of the Rockies to interact
with weather systems coming out of
Canada to the north and the Gulf of
Mexico to the south. Such interaction
facilitates the formation of large,
and often severe, weather patterns.
Most of these weather patterns move
from west to east. In Nebraska, this
motion is aided by the state's
topography. At its western border
with Wyoming the area
has an elevation of approximately
5000 (4709 ft in Kimball, NE)
feet above sea level. As the
state rolls eastward, the elevation
gradually drops. At Omaha -- on its
easternmost edge -- the elevation
is barely over 1000 (1040 ft) feet
above sea level
Given the state measures 460 miles
accross from west to east, we
are yielded a gradient of 7.976 feet
drop per mile. It
is no wonder, then, that weather
systems move easterly with
Logically following, understanding
what happens in Nebraska can give us
a fairly accurate forecast model for
what may happen in the Midwest and,
subsequently, on the Eastern Seaboard.
If NebCorp can get to the weather
when it first happens, it
can better influence what occurs in
the rest of the nation.
Closer to the ground, Nebraska offers
a myriad of opportunities to study
geomorphic principles. Examine the
diagram below; it is a diagram of
major streams in Nebraska. One can
easily discern the general direction
of flow of most of the rivers in the
state: easterly or southeasterly.
This, of course, coincides with the
aforementioned topographic trends
of the state. Furthermore, notice
that many streams possess their
headwaters in Nebraska. Most of
these streams eventually discharge
their flow into the Missouri
river, which subsequently
discharges into the Mississippi.
Nebraska, then, represents a
relatively large basin from which
mind-altering and life-enhancing
chemicals may be added into the
water supply of a significant
segment of the U.S. population, especially
the Southern American Research District.
Figure 2. State map of Nebraska showing positions of major
streams in the state. (Five-digit numbers indicate NCGS Research
Additionally, Nebraska offers
scientists ample opportunity to
study unique natural features.
much study in the field of fluvial
geomorphology has been devoted to
the stable, meandering streams that
comprise the majority of streams
found in the world. Nebcorp scientists,
however, like to also devote attention
to the less stable, anastomosing
streams such as the Platte River.
The striking characteristic of Nebraska's
Platte River is the fact that it
doesn not possess a singular, fixed
channel. Rather, it consists of numerous,
braided channels which shift constantly.
Contained within these channels are
bars, point bars and islands that also
position. Anastomosing rivers such as
the Platte shift so much due to
incredible variations in sediment load,
discharge rates, flow volumes, and unstable
beds among other variables.
At this point, the important question of
the wisdom of studying anastomosing rivers
should be addressed. After all, most of the
streams in the world are the more stable,
meandering, single-channel variety. These
streams have been studied exhaustively and
time-consuming and costly measures have
been installed to channel these rivers
and control flooding. Yet, despite other
agencies' best efforts, NebCorp scientists
have succeeded time after time to aid
nature in unleashing devastating floods.
On the other hand, the response of the
anastomosing streams is much less
understood. Furthermore, these types of
streams occur in settings where
some instability -- or combination of
instabilities -- create a quickly
changing dynamic environment. It is, thus,
in these unstable environments where
human control and meddling is least
Should NebCorp find itself at the
forefront of being able to utilize
such systems to further the realization
of its Master Plan, then study of
such systems must proceed with haste.
This is especially important as such
stream systems pertain to glaciers.
Streams carrying glacial outwash
most closely resemble these braided
streams. Given NebCorp's continued
commitment to global warming, it is
evident that glacial margins will
become important sites of the
dynamic changes the Corporation
has planned. Therefore, studying
such systems now will aid NebCorp
scientists in ascertaining how
they will impact the landscape
once the plan commences aggressively.
Conclusions -- the Wider View
Though outside the scope of this survey,
other NebCorp efforts should be briefly
mentioned in any discussion of Nebraska.
Foremost of all reasons stands the fact
that NebCorp has already invested considerable
resources to use the state for research purposes.
metro area -- in which we are including the
Lincoln area -- serves as an excellent laboratory
for studying urban behavior. First, it is a
large and thoroughly modern urban area with
all the amenities and features of any large
U.S. city. Secondly, it is innocuous;
residents never suspect that anything
peculiar would be going on in their part of
the country, for such things only happen
in the larger, more populous American cities.
And thirdly, NebCorp experiments here occur
on a pure, unadulterated population sample.
The populations of cities such New York,
Chicago, and Los Angeles are already
unacceptably tainted for many experiments
due to the long-range trials run by
agencies such as FBI, NSA, and the BBC.
It should be noted that Nebraska's legislature,
unique among the States, is not a fluke. The
Unicameral -- a singular legislative body --
is a result of the tireless experiments of
political scientists working in conjunction with
U.S. Senator George W. Norris to create a
highly-efficient political body in which all
cogs were located within the same political
gearbox. Under such a system, one Corporation
more easily shift the gears of government to
propogate its own ideals. The proposal to move
to a unicameral system passed in 1934 and
Nebraska has been running as a well-oiled
machine ever since.
Yet Nebraska is much more than urban
sprawl and the greasy wheels of politics. Indeed,
most of the state's area
is open land. Here, efforts
proceed with the same zeal that is seen
in the cities, whether it concerns tainting
beef with the latest strains of resistant bacteria
or innoculating crops with specialized fungi to
make them rot faster once the customer brings
them home. Nutritionists have also
had stunning success in Nebraska passing off
fried chicken and white rice as Chinese fried
rice dishes to weary, long-range interstate
travellers and residents alike
Clearly, it becomes apparent that there exists
not only a precedent for clandestine
involvement in matters Nebraskan, but there
also exists a large body of knowledge aquired
from that involvement. With a stable social,
political, economic, and nutritional
infrastructure already in place, establishing
new research endeavors should proceed with
Logically, then, it follows that Nebraska
should be established as a real-time and
The vast natural resources possessed by the
state serve as the passport to invite
NCGS involvement. It's abundance of
dihydrogen monoxide and weather opens up
a myriad of reseach opportunities.
The important role that those elements
play in the lives of people exacerbates
both the scope of and the need for
Finally, and perhaps most pressingly, it
should be noted that Nebraska is a
real-scale laboratory. The
knowledge obtained here supercedes any
of the inferior results derived from
small-scale, closed-system experiments.
Such experiments have margins of
error which are often unacceptable
due to the unrealistic absence of
important variables, variables which
are ever-present in nature.
The state of Nebraska, then, is a
thoroughly modern facility in which
all variables apply, all scales
are taken into account, and in
which all axes -- including the
important z-axis -- are
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