Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

May 2008


Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Environmental Studies 2007.


Stream morphology in north central Pennsylvania has been influenced by the passage of multiple glaciers during the Quaternary period, and most recently by the Late Wisconsinan ice sheet which began to recede just 10,000 years ago. While glaciers can take a heavy erosive toll on the landscape, the Late Wisconsinan and previous glaciers stopped when they reached Pennsylvania, and as such were not as thick and did not cover the ground as long as in regions to the north. This paper examines current morphology in an area along the north central part of the state that contains both glaciated and non-glaciated regions. The research is intended to show the degree of impact from Wisconsinan glaciation on stream drainage, as well as the extent to which this impact can be spatially seen.



Date Posted: 30 June 2008