Water and Sediment: A Cascade across Scales
This talk, by Professor Alistair Borthwick, will examine water-sediment processes over multiple space and time scales, ranging from the molecule to the ocean.
Water and sediment work together to move material, sculpt landscapes, and contribute to the carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen cycles. This lecture will examine water-sediment processes over multiple space and time scales, ranging from the molecule to the ocean. We will see some of the beautiful, fractal forms created by Nature through such processes. The lecture will also consider mankind’s interference with water-sediment processes, in particular the effect of hydropower dam cascades on large rivers. In the words of the great poet ...
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
Auguries of Innocence, William Blake (1757-1827)