Alage blooms, fed by geothermal sulfur springs, are common in the Skunk River during the warm seasons.
Location: Flows through the middle of the Narlmarches forest and empties into Lake Tuskwater.
Places of Note on The Skunk River: Coachwood Trees
Geography of the Skunk River
The unfortunate combination of algae and bubbling geothermal hot springs along the Skunk River give it a distinctively unpleasant scent of rotten eggs. This river averages 100 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
Because of the geothermal springs the Skunk River rarely ices over downstream of the springs except for in the harshest of winters.
Geek Alert: Unknown to those in the time period, but the nutrients in the sulfur seeping up through the geothermal wells, combined with the warmer waters, is the perfect recipe for algae blooms. These algae blooms will start to stink, especially when they start to die off. And when the algae dies off it causes the oxygen in the river to drop dramatically killing off many fish. These fish kills only exasperate the stink. The combined rotten egg smell from the sulfur, algae and fish kills can lead to some really smelly days next to the well named Skunk River!