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  • Student Research Activities In Our Department

    October 12, 1999

    Mary Savina wrote this article as a letter to Patricia Martin, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, as background to a grant proposal.  However, we think that it gives interesting insights into the Geology Department Curriculum, so we republish it here.

  • Advanced Geomorphology Class Helps Carleton Assess Spring Creek Storm Damage

    June 5, 1999

    In late June 1998, a severe thunderstorm affected much of the Cannon River watershed, including Spring Creek, which runs through the Carleton campus. Abutments of the Highway 19 bridge over the Creek were damaged, destroying part of the roadway and causing a semi-trailer to get stuck. Further upstream, a few houses were flooded, banks were eroded and an enormous amount of sediment was moved. By late January, the College was beginning to consider a protracted and expensive project to "repair" eroding streambanks on College property upstream of Lyman Lakes. On the basis of a quick walk-through in February, I doubted that eroding stream banks were a major future source of sediment to the lakes. Working out the details was a perfect project for the thirteen-student Advanced Geomorphology class in the spring, which was to focus on watershed analysis and a long-term monitoring network for Spring Creek.

  • The Carleton College Geology Department: A Successful Builder of Women Scientists

    October 24, 1994

    Julianne M. Williams '94:

    The Carleton Geology Department has a reputation as being one of the best geology programs in the country. The department prides itself on the high number of women geologists it produces. Is this perceived success real, and if so, what are the reasons for this success?

    This paper explores some of the reasons why the Carleton geology department continues to graduate a high percentage of female majors. I interviewed ten women geology majors in their junior and senior years with a list of questions about the factors that influenced their decisions in becoming geology majors. The women were selected unscientifically from those whom I found frequently in the geology labs in Mudd Hall. The information presented here is a combination of my own personal observations, the results of research into existing literature, and the interviews.