Of Catastrophic Floods and Canyons 1

Looks like in Texas, we just got to see a catastrophic flood in action and have some fresh land forms to look at. This is really, really cool. Catastrophic floods aren’t events that can be produced on demand1, so being able to watch one happen and be on site as soon as the waters recede ...

A big dam problem 1

At its most basic, a river is just a conduit for the transportation of sediment via water. Rivers pick up sediment and put it back down further downstream. There’s a fascinating balance between the amount of sediment available for transport and how much the water is capable of carrying. More sediment than the river can ...

Modeling Meanders

Alfalfa Sprouts Key To Discovering How Meandering Rivers Form Some very cool stuff from the world of Geomorphology. Now that we’re realizing that channelizing rivers sometimes isn’t the best idea (well, as far as the flood plains and nearby shores are concerned, it’s never a good idea) and trying to get them back to their ...