Watersheds: Connecting the Mountains to the Sea

ENVS 121a: Fire and Ice, Rain and Rocks: The geology of a watershed

Pat Pringle, Assoc. Professor of Earth Science, Centralia College, NSC (New Science Center) 318f

This class examines the geologic and hydrologic characteristics watersheds, with particular emphasis on the geology and geologic history of the Nisqually and Chehalis watersheds. In particular, we will study how earthquakes, glaciers, volcanism, and man have affected the Nisqually River. During a day-long field trip we visit field sites along the Nisqually River from its delta to its uppermost reaches at Mount Rainier’s Nisqually Glacier. Class meets July 1 and 2 (2:00 to 3:50 PM) and all day July 6th (8 AM to ~ 5 PM) for a field trip.

Syllabus for The Geology of a Watershed, ENVS 121a

Links for Washington Watersheds (in progress) 

streams, an outline

See also links noted via main Earth Sciences page


Rivers, hydrology, and hydrologic hazards  (old huge version)   Streams and rivers       Chehalis 2007 flood    Geology/hydrology of the Chehalis River watershed

ASSIGNMENTS!  Please turn in the field reports and any assignments to Terri Perez in the Dean's office in Lingren by noon July 16  (or to Pat Pringle via email ppringle  "at" centralia.edu).  Hints regarding field report format:

1. You may put figures at the end in series. Remember to use captions and to refer to the appropriate figure numbers in the text of your field report. See example "Sean Student's" field report on Student Resources link of Centralia Earth sciences page    (See "tools for writing field reports" section)

2. Under "tools for writing field reports" above, see hints for editing digital pictures and making graphics for field reports. PC users can use free software Irfanview, whereas Mac users can obtain GraphicConverter.

3. Use references in your field report, including the information sheets I handed out and the online geology/geography resources I listed under "Student Resources" link on the Centralia Earth sciences page  

4. Citation style for references is APA. See under "Learn How" at http://library.centralia.edu/

Updated July 2, 2012