[Daily article] February 3: Plunketts Creek (Loyalsock Creek tributary)

Plunketts Creek is a 6.2-mile-long (10.0 km) tributary of Loyalsock
Creek in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of
Pennsylvania. Its watershed drains 23.6 square miles (61 km2) in the
Chesapeake Bay basin by way of the West Branch Susquehanna and
Susquehanna rivers. The creek is named for Colonel William Plunkett, who
led a Pennsylvania expedition in the Pennamite–Yankee War to forcibly
remove settlers arriving from Connecticut, who were claiming lands that
were also claimed by Pennsylvania. For his services, Plunkett was
granted land that included the creek’s mouth. The creek flows southwest
and then south through the dissected Allegheny Plateau, through rock
from the Mississippian sub-period and Devonian period. Much of the
Plunketts Creek valley is composed of glacial deposits, chiefly
alluvium. A potentially large source of natural gas, the Marcellus
Shale, lies 1.5 to 2.0 miles (2.4 to 3.2 km) below the surface.
Although the watershed was clear-cut and home to a tannery, sawmills,
and a coal mine in the nineteenth century, today it is heavily wooded
with abundant potable water.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: British forces captured the Dutch
island of Sint Eustatius after a brief skirmish.


Argentine War of Independence: José de San Martín and his
Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers were victorious against a royalist army
in the Battle of San Lorenzo.


A fire destroyed the Centre Block, the main building of the
Canadian parliamentary complex on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Ontario.


Adolf Hitler announced that the conquest of Lebensraum in
Eastern Europe, and its “ruthless Germanisation”, were the geopolitical
objectives of Reich foreign policy.


Despite a large international movement advocating the
commutation of her sentence to life imprisonment, Karla Faye Tucker
became the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. One who makes prints.
2. The operator of a printing press, or the owner of a printing business.
3. (computing) A device, usually attached to a computer, used to print text
or images onto paper.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  It is the aim of public life to arrange that all forms of power
are entrusted, so far as possible, to men who effectively consent to be
bound by the obligation towards all human beings which lies upon
everyone, and who understand the obligation. Law is the quality of the
permanent provisions for making this aim effective.  
–Simone Weil

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