Dryki refers to an area where trees have been killed by flooding, usually as a result of a river or stream being impounded behind a dam and spilling out beyond the natural banks. A more general usage suggests a slew of dead branches and underbrush, unfit for lumber but suitable for firewood—for instance, driftwood stranded on a sand or gravel bar. Another example would be the ring of trees around Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska, that died in the aftermath of the 1964 earthquake. The faulting that accompanied the quake permanently shifted the local sea level, inundating the trees adjacent to the shoreline. Choked by salt water, the trees eventually died. A ring of woody skeletons marks the landscape decades later.

Conger Beasley, Jr.