Title

Analysis of Flood Sediment Deposits Following the Taum Sauk Reservoir Failure, Reynolds County, Missouri

Presenter Information

Krista Rybacki

Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Major

Geology and Geophysics/Applied Mathematics

Research Advisor

Wronkiewicz, David J.
Seeger, Cheryl M.

Advisor's Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

Many types of sediments are contained within the scour valley of the Taum Sauk failure site. To effectively identify the processes of deposition and source of the sediments of the middle and lower valley, point count tests are administered. This type of test will help explain the reverse grading present in the valley as well as proportionate the types of sediments present, where they are present, and the distribution of sizes throughout the valley. We will also look at the weathering processes that have occurred on those rocks, as well as the amount of rounding. This can provide a small piece of information about the environment during the flooding event. This study can also help prevent future incidents like this one from occurring elsewhere around the reservoir.

Biography

Krista is originally from the small town of Nashville, Illinois. She is currently a senior at Missouri University of Science and Technology working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics. She is actively involved in the department and campus as a member of the C.L. Dake Geological Society, Society of Exploration of Geophysicists, Sigma Gamma Epsilon Honor Society, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In February of 2012, Krista was named the Mines and Metallurgy Academy Scholar for the Geology and Geophysics program. Krista plans on attending graduate school after graduation in May 2012 to further her studies in environmental geology/geochemistry/atmospheric sciences.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Sciences poster session, Second place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Comments

Third advisor: Rogers, J. David, Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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Analysis of Flood Sediment Deposits Following the Taum Sauk Reservoir Failure, Reynolds County, Missouri

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Many types of sediments are contained within the scour valley of the Taum Sauk failure site. To effectively identify the processes of deposition and source of the sediments of the middle and lower valley, point count tests are administered. This type of test will help explain the reverse grading present in the valley as well as proportionate the types of sediments present, where they are present, and the distribution of sizes throughout the valley. We will also look at the weathering processes that have occurred on those rocks, as well as the amount of rounding. This can provide a small piece of information about the environment during the flooding event. This study can also help prevent future incidents like this one from occurring elsewhere around the reservoir.