NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY - FARGO, N D
CASS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, &
CLAY COUNTY, MINNESOTA
The Red River of the North flows between Fargo, ND, (foreground) and Moorhead, MN. The view is toward the east, into Minnesota. The outside (cutbank) margins of two, opposing meander loops of the Red River have approached one another. All that separates them is a narrow neck of land, which on the Moorhead side provides access to Gooseberry Mound Park (central portion of photo). If left unprotected, cutbank erosion on both of the neck's flanks would soon lead to this neck being cut off. At that time, the river would divert its channel through the former position of the neck, leaving the abandoned stretch of channel as an oxbow lake.
Such an event raises an interesting conjectural question: Because the Red River represents the political boundary between North Dakota and Minnesota, would such a neck cutoff mean that Gooseberry Mound Park would become part of the Fargo park system?