Canute of the mountains

February 6, 2008

King Canute could not hold back the tide -- unknown artist

King Canute* couldn’t hold back the tides.

Surely the Utah legislature doesn’t think they can hold back the rumblings of the Rocky Mountains, either — but the proposed legislation raises delectable questions about the role of government in preventing disasters, especially using zoning laws as the method of prevention.

Good discussion material for government, civics, geology and “integrated physics and chemistry (IPC).”

* Canute was a Viking. Is anyone from Pleasant Grove, Utah, wondering about the symbolism here, with the high school mascot being the Viking, and the town being located at the foot of the mountains, almost astride the Wasatch Fault?
Image source. Better site: “King Canute on the Seashore.”


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