Concepts and Character of the Mississippi River as seen through the Records of Early Explorers

Published: March 11, 2015

Presented by Robert Criss, PhD, Washington University

Original Presentation, March 11, 2015 at Big A’s Restaurant, St. Charles

Illinois indians lead a group of french explorers, including Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet, on the first recorded exploration of the Mississippi River.

Illinois indians lead a group of french explorers, including Jacques Marquette & Louis Joliet, on the first recorded exploration of the Mississippi River.

With all the changes we’ve made to our big rivers, it can be difficult to imagine the natural character and shape, even the behavior of these rivers before we altered them. It can be really instructive to look back at the journals, letters and maps of early explorers for a window into the personalities of these rivers.

Dr. Robert Criss, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University, presented “Concepts and Character of the Mississippi River as seen through the Records of Early Explorers.” Dr. Criss, author of “Finding the Balance between Floods, Flood Protection, and River Navigation” recently published by St. Louis University, is a strong advocate of sound floodplain management in our community and supports many grassroots efforts to improve the quality of life for our citizens.

Resources & Links

Dig in for more info on this topic:

Research

Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America

Early Exploration and the Fur Trade

More by Dr. Robert Criss

Criss, R.E. and Kusky, T.M., editors (2009) Finding the Balance between Floods, Flood Protection, and River Navigation, published by Saint Louis University.

Criss, R.E. and Wilson, D.A., editors (2003) At the Confluence: Rivers, Floods, and Water Quality in the St. Louis Region, MBG Press, St. Louis, 278 p.

Criss R. E. (1999) Principles of Stable Isotope Distribution, Oxford University Press, New York, 264 p.

 

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