University of Vermont

Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory and Geomorphology Research Group

Winooski River Terraces



The Winooski River drains much of central and northern Vermont. At the end of the last glaciation, as the ice melted away, the Winooski Basin was filled by a series of ever-lowering glacial lakes that acted as very efficient sediment traps for sediment shed from the melting, unvegetated landscape. Once lake levels fell, glacial lake sediments were incised and strath terraces, capped with gravel, were left behind. Detailed surveying, trenching, radiocarbon dating, and correlation of these terraces helps us determine the timing and process of river incision through the latest Pleistocene and Holocene.
Project Support
NSF EAR-9702643 - CAREER award -- Timing and Distribution of Extreme Hydrologic Events
Proposal Project Summary (download pdf)
People Working on this Project
Paul Bierman
Tim Whalen
Theses Related to this Project

Timothy Whalen, MS thesis, (1998): Post-glacial fluvial terrace remnants as recorders of environmental and base level changes and of glacio-isostatic rebound in the Winooski drainage basin, Vermont (download pdf)
Abstracts Related to this Project

Whalen, T., and Bierman, P.R., 1996, River incision history in the Winooski drainage basin, Vermont: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, p. A-110. (download pdf)

Whalen, T.N., and Bierman, P.R., 1995, River terraces as recorders of isostatic rebound in the Champlain Basin, northwestern Vermont: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 27, p. A-57. (download pdf)

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