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Photos from the Minnesota River Watersheds field trip in South Central Minnesota

Photos from the Minnesota River Watersheds field trip in South Central Minnesota . 

On Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 2009.

Leader: Carrie Jennings, Senior Scientist, Minnesota Geological Survey

Day 1

A trip down the Minnesota River (via hwy 169) brings us to Seven Mile Creek County Park, near St. Peter.
We will hike the trails to investigate the glacial and bedrock exposures in the ravines (2-3 hours).
River history and the current concern over turbidity impairments in the stream will be introduced.
Later in the day we will travel to Quarry Lake Park in North Mankato to brush up on our canoeing
skills in still water.  Motel and camping accommodations are available nearby.  

Day 2

We will explore the Le Sueur River watershed, south of Mankato.  By canoeing the Le Sueur from upstream
of the confluence with the Maple to near the confluence with the Blue Earth (approximately 4 hours with stops)
we will see over million years worth of  glacial units exposed in the bluffs as well as the top of the weathered
bedrock, including some enigmatic units.  If there is time, we will visit the parts of the watershed that have been
instrumented with discharge and sediment samplers including a ravine and river crossing.  

 

Link to Photo Library created by Susan Brinky    http://gallery.me.com/seb771#100080

THIS IS UP THAT NARROW GORGE, THE RUST COLOR IS FROM WATER SEEPAGE

THIS IS UP THAT NARROW GORGE, THE RUST COLOR IS FROM WATER SEEPAGE

THIS IS THE FALLS IN MINNEOTA PARK WITH THE CLASS ON THE BRIDGE

THIS IS THE FALLS IN MINNEOTA PARK WITH THE CLASS ON THE BRIDGE

HERE'S ONE OF THE GRAVEL PIT