Geology Department News
Updated whenever news breaks!
- December 15, 1999
Shelby Boardman, Charles L. Denison Professor of Geology, discusses the philosophy and approach of the Carleton College geology department. He focuses on the importance of establishing a collaborative culture in which students are directly involved in their own education and where students do open-ended investigative work. He also dicusses the importance and role of Comps and of alumni majors, and how Carleton's approach has affected the outcomes of its graduates.
- 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.
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.