Study Finds Climate Determines Shapes of River Basins

Results may help identify ancient climates on Earth or other planets.

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There are more than 1 million river basins carved into the topography of the United States, each collecting rainwater to feed the rivers that cut through them. Some basins are as small as individual streams, while others span nearly half the continent, encompassing, for instance, the whole of the Mississippi river network.

Taylor Perron Named EAPS Associate Department Head

Expert in landscape evolution will build upon the work of outgoing Associate Department Head Tim Grove, supporting the EAPS education mission.

Taylor Perron, associate professor of geology and chair of the Program in Geology, Geochemistry and Geobiology, has been appointed associate department head for MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), effective July 1. He succeeds Tim Grove, the Robert R. Shrock Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the chair of the Joint Committee for Marine Geology and Geophysics.

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