The Missouri River drainage basin research project is using topographic map interpretation methods to determine landform origins along approximately 500 different drainage divides within and surrounding the Missouri River drainage basin. A separate essay is made for each drainage divide area, which usually includes two location maps and eight examples of topographic maps along with interpretations of those maps for that specific drainage divide area. Essays were transferred from the Google Knol site where they were originally published between August 2009 and November 2011. The transfer from the Google Knol platform to this website was made in late November and December of 2011. At this time essays address all Missouri River drainage divide areas in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota, Montana, and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and most Missouri River drainage in northeast Wyoming. As time permits essays for all remaining Wyoming Missouri River drainage basin drainage divide areas will be written and added along with essays for all Colorado Missouri River drainage basin drainage divide areas. Drainage divide areas can be located by using the sidebar list of categories to find names of major Missouri River tributaries and/or tributaries to those tributaries of interest and/or states of interest and then by scrolling through the list of essays under those names. Location maps in essays can help you identify drainage divides of interest. The search feature on this website also can be used to find essays mentioning specific cities or towns, streams, or other features. Topographic map interpretations in the essays point out extensive topographic map evidence documenting that the entire Missouri River drainage basin was eroded by massive south and southeast oriented melt water floods from what was probably a rapidly melting thick North American ice sheet located in a deep “hole.” Present day mountain ranges and high plateau areas in the Missouri River drainage basin were uplifted as immense south and southeast oriented melt water floods flowed across them. Late in the ice sheet melt down history the huge south and southeast oriented melt water floods were diverted in northeast and north directions to flow into space in the deep “hole” that was opened up by the rapidly melting ice sheet. The Missouri River drainage basin in Montana, northern Wyoming, and western North and South Dakota is located on what was the deep “hole’s” southwest wall and was eroded by the gigantic flood flow reversals.
Eric Clausen Website: http://geomorphology… At present I am a professor emeritus having taught geology at Minot State University (North Dakota, USA) from 1968 until 1997. I was trained in geology at Columbia University and the University of Wyoming where my studies emphasized regional geomorphology. For many years I have pursued a research interest that developed when as result of geologic field work and interpretation of large mosaics of detailed North American topographic maps I discovered significant evidence previous investigators had ignored. Over a period of many years, after studying such anomalous evidence, I was forced to develop a fundamentally different interpretation of North American geomorphic history than that which is generally accepted. Geomorphology is the study of landforms and my interest as a geomorphology researcher is in determining the origin of large drainage systems, such as the Missouri River drainage basin in North America. The Missouri River drainage basin consists of thousands of smaller drainage basins, each of which has a history my essays (website posts) are trying to unravel. What I try to do is reconstruct the landscape the way it looked prior to the present day drainage system. I then try to determine how the present day drainage system evolved. While conducting my Missouri River drainage basin landform origins study I also developed an interest in scientific paradigms, especially in how scientific paradigms develop and how they are replaced. The Missouri River drainage basin landform origins project at geomorphologyresearch.com has been completed and I am currently creating a catalog of Philadelphia, PA area erosional landforms, which can be found at phillylandforms.info For off site questions and discussions about either project I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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