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Sediment Transport

Karen Williams
Montana State University
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This page first made public: Apr 28, 2008


Use locally collected data to calculate hydrologic and hydraulic parameters. Apply to a real world problem.

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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

basic math, basic open channel flow and sediment transport concepts

How the activity is situated in the course

stand alone exercise


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Learn how to interpret sediment transport data; apply basic fluvial equations to a real world problem

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

analysis of data; use of xs calculator s/w

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Description of the activity/assignment

Each student reviews a recent USGS publication detailing sediment transport data collection and reduction on the Yellowstone River. Using that report, they answer a series of questions about sediment transport and make some basic hydrologic and hydraulic calculations using data in the report. They also use USGS software to analyze cross-sections on the Yellowstone in a real world application.
Designed for a geomorphology course

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Evaluate numeric answers, as well as analytic steps to arrive at answers.

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