Friday, June 13, 2008

An upside to floods

I just finished reading a piece on the flood of 1993 and U of Iowa employee memories of that event. There were a lot of good things that happened as a part of the flood, but this one caught my eye, from Julia Golden, curator, geoscience:

“A very pleasant surprise that summer was how many geological features were revealed by the floods. The Devonian Fossil Gorge [adjacent to the Coralville Dam] has become a very valuable educational resource for the Department of Geoscience. New graduate students are taken there as an introduction to the local geology. Undergraduate students taking beginning geoscience courses also go on field trips there, and we give tours to school and community groups.”

What will be the positive things that come out of the flood of '08?

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