Title

Morphotectonic Evolution of the Lake Plateau Region: A Remote Sensing Approach

Presenter Information

Ethan Faber

Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Major

Geological Engineering

Research Advisor

Abdel Salam, Mohamed G.

Advisor's Department

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Funding Source

National Science Foundation: IRES

Abstract

The Lake Plateau Region in East-Central Africa provides a great area to study both tectonics and geomorphology acting together. As one of the two main sources to The Nile, understanding how the processes that developed the Lake Plateau Region is very important to all that share the Nile. This work examines morphotectonic evolution by focusing on different types of lakes using remote sensing data (SRTM and Landsat) and published papers on the rift systems. The study shows that three types of lakes evolved from tectonics, East African Rift System. The first types are rift lakes formed on the western branch of the East African Rift System. The second type is a dammed dendritic lake due to the reversal of flow from the Congo. The last type is a large, shallow, circular lake between the East and West branches of the East African Rift System.

Biography

Ethan is a Geological Engineering graduating in May 2013. During his time at Missouri S& T, Ethan has worked with Engineers Without Borders and is the current Trip Leader for the Santiago, Honduras Program. In the summer of 2012, Ethan went to Ethiopia as a research assistant to study the effects of rifting in the Mid Ethiopian Rift. This fall, he will be pursuing a Master's of Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines to study the effects of mass wasting and its effects on society.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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Morphotectonic Evolution of the Lake Plateau Region: A Remote Sensing Approach

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The Lake Plateau Region in East-Central Africa provides a great area to study both tectonics and geomorphology acting together. As one of the two main sources to The Nile, understanding how the processes that developed the Lake Plateau Region is very important to all that share the Nile. This work examines morphotectonic evolution by focusing on different types of lakes using remote sensing data (SRTM and Landsat) and published papers on the rift systems. The study shows that three types of lakes evolved from tectonics, East African Rift System. The first types are rift lakes formed on the western branch of the East African Rift System. The second type is a dammed dendritic lake due to the reversal of flow from the Congo. The last type is a large, shallow, circular lake between the East and West branches of the East African Rift System.