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Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, Part IV
Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River

Fisk and his endlessly fascinating geological investigations will surely return in varying permutations, recognizably or otherwise, throughout the new year. So please visit often and stay awhile.

Lower Mississippi Valley: Engineering Geology Mapping Program
Plates 22-1 to 22-15 @ Flickr

Part III
Part II
Part I

Part V
Alluvial Porn
  • Anonymous
  • January 4, 2006 at 12:07:00 PM CST
  • that is a truly beautiful map. do you know how i can download the big files? the flickr link requires permission and the links provided in the previous post also deny the download. i really want the high res version.

  • Alexander Trevi
  • January 5, 2006 at 2:38:00 AM CST
  • Let me see what I can do.

    I'll even post higher res versions.

  • Anonymous
  • January 5, 2006 at 12:05:00 PM CST
  • I emailed the Corps of Engineers webmaster, and he said the LMV mapping site had crashed but would be up and running sometime between now and next week. The maps would be available for downloading then.

  • Anonymous
  • January 5, 2006 at 4:58:00 PM CST
  • thank you!

  • Anonymous
  • January 6, 2006 at 9:49:00 AM CST
  • Beautiful!

    Where is the LMV site?


  • Alexander Trevi
  • January 11, 2006 at 12:26:00 AM CST
  • I've uploaded the entire set to Flickr. But in order to meet Flickr's 10MB max file size for uploading, I had to reduce each map to 20%. (Or was it 18%.) With some amateurish image manipulation to make them somewhat legible in their reduced size.

    Does anyone know where or how to distribute the original maps? The PDFs are around 20MB each, with the extracted JPEG files slightly larger.

  • Alexander Trevi
  • January 11, 2006 at 12:33:00 AM CST
  • And the combined image above is 120MB.

  • Anonymous
  • February 28, 2006 at 10:26:00 AM CST
  • Maps are such beautiful abstractions. I saw that When I was down at LSU years ago. Thanks for bring ing it to my attention again.

  • Anonymous
  • December 6, 2006 at 11:20:00 PM CST
  • I was enamored with this image the summer before last; it rode my desktop background for months.
    Later I was involved in a pulic art installation on the Ead's Bridge in St. Louis. We cast bronze bells and used laminated prints of the map to catch the wind. Thanks for bringing me back..

  • Anonymous
  • December 8, 2006 at 2:07:00 AM CST
  • so did anyone from pruned release a higher res version? i am an architecture student, and would like to use the image in my senior thesis book.

  • Anonymous
  • March 22, 2007 at 10:49:00 AM CDT
  • Hi. These maps are amazing, I tried to look at the images on Flickr but do not have permission. I tried to open the files from the LMV site but no luck so far with the plates. Any other way to download them? Thanks

  • Anonymous
  • March 28, 2008 at 11:36:00 PM CDT
  • It would be great to get a little narrative with these beautiful maps, about how old the river is and what causes her to change her course. I understand there is evidence she ran opposite the way she runs now some millenia back.

    I am also intrigued with your statement about Army Corps of Engineers having "rigid" ideas about how to contain her when she is such a plastic and changeable entity and consequently inviting disaster. How would one design a bridge or a dam, say, that rolled with her changes? This is so out of my league but I am intrigued! Thank you so much for these beautiful beautiful maps.

    She reminds me of an ancient symbology where serpents represent infinity - she looks just like the infinite serpent.

  • Sarah
  • February 23, 2011 at 7:01:00 PM CST
  • This is insanely gorgeous.

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