Department of Geography and the Environment

Colloquium: Jonathan Flood

Fri, September 12, 2014 | CLA 0.128

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Colloquium: Jonathan Flood

Please join the Department of Geography and the Environment for our fall 2014 colloquium series. We will be hosting a presentation by Jonathan Flood, PhD student at University of Texas at Austin.


Groundwater Chemistry and Human Ecology in the South Aegean


On beautiful Mediterranean islands where streams are scarce, rivers are few, and lakes lacking, groundwater resources are all-important. Springs and wells are the lifeblood of most human settlements and sustenance endeavors in the south Aegean, and have been since antiquity. Yet each of these springs and wells are geochemically unique from one another, proffering a distinct distillation of the individual landscape through which they flow. A spring in one watershed may run sweet with calcium, while a seep the adjacent drainage drips saline. Each source presents users with a distinct set of possibilities and limitations. This presentation explores how societies have interacted—spatially, chemically, culturally, spiritually—with these subtle chemical differences in a most vital resource, groundwater.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email

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