Doug Jerolmack: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Mississippi Delta

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The region surrounding the Mississippi Delta, the distinctive coastal wetland section of the state of Louisiana, was one of the richest cotton-growing areas in the U.S. before the Civil War. Today, it remains financially valuable, supporting the economy of New Orleans with significant shipping traffic, oil production and commercial fishing operations. The BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina catastrophes are just the latest blows to this area, one that has been dying a slow death from decades of mismanagement. To hear more about this important geographic section of the southern U.S. (over a couple of beers), clear your schedule for tonight when Penn professor Doug Jerolmack will discuss the origin, current state and future of the Mississippi Delta. 

   This event is part of the monthly “Science on Tap” gatherings, which, on the second Monday of every month, feature a brief and informal presentation by an expert, followed by a lively conversation in a relaxed bar setting. Jerolmack’s research focuses on the spatial and temporal evolution of patterns that emerge at the interface of fluid and sediment on Earth and planetary surfaces—which, translated, means what happens over time when water hits rocks. He’ll also discuss the forces that allowed the Mississippi Delta to form, the causes and consequences of modern wetland loss in coastal Louisiana and, most importantly, introduce possible solutions for the region’s long-term sustainability. (Drew O’Meara) 6pm. Free. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883. scienceontapphilly.com

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Monday, July 08, 2013
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National Mechanics , 22 S. Third St., Philadelphia, PA
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