Coastal infrastructure (for @ebgoldstein)

Colleague and friend Evan Goldstein collects “pictures of infrastructure” that he sorts into various types. In October, riding along on a field course for our second-year undergraduates, I had the opportunity to tour several coastal engineering installations across the Netherlands. I tried to walk around with Evan’s eye for infrastructure. Easy, superficially, because flood-management infrastructure…

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Continental divides

I had the opportunity during holiday time with family back in the States to bop around in the Sangre de Cristo Range, near the Spanish Peaks, in southern Colorado. If you count the Atlantic Ocean as one (kind of) continental divide (lowercase) west of the UK, we were atop the next one over (uppercase) –…

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On sinuosity (a discursive recap)

Sinuosity sneaked up on me. A couple of miles north of Portland, Maine, there is a mudflat visible from 295, northbound, just before the highway bridge over the Presumpscot River into Falmouth. (I’ve shown it here in Slide 1, via Google Earth.) The mudflat hosts an incised channel that takes a dramatic hook near its…

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