Abstract

The research will be focusing on sediments from Turlock Lake and Riverbank. My focus is to analyze the sediments to know if there are any correlations between the textural features of the sediments between Turlock Lake and Riverbank based on their size. It is expected the environment of the lakes and the rivers has an effect in the changes and if the energy of the water flow also affects the different textural features. The textural features will focus on; roundness, shiny vs. dull, rough vs. smooth, and their shape. The shape is calculated by the three dimensions of the sediment; the longest point, shortest point, and the middle point. A chart was used to determine the measurement. Depending where the measuring land we get their shape. All the textural features will be compared with the different sizes of the sediments. Different histograms will be used to compare the different sizes of the sediment with their textural features. By comparing the textural features based on their sizes some correlations between the sizes and their features will be identified. Once again the research is focusing on analyzing the sediments from Turlock Lake and Riverbank to see some correlations between the different sizes of the sediments. The differences will be expected to be based on the environment of the rivers and lakes and the energy of the water flow. The energy of the water flow will affect how round a rock will be. Stable rocks are rounder because it requires higher energy flow.

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Mentor

Mara Brady

Lab site

California State University, Fresno (CSU Fresno)

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0952013 and Grant No. 0934931. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation or the National Science Foundation. This project has also been made possible with support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The STAR program is administered by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESaME) on behalf of the California State University (CSU).

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