Jordan Pakula Google Earth Evaluation of Brant and Ellie Mann

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Google Earth Evaluation of Brant and Ellie Mann

First, the information provided for the Buford Dam marker expresses simply the fact that dams regulate water flow into the Chattahoochee River and levees regulate water flow through embanking the hooch. Brant and Ellie then explain that holding water in the reservoirs of dams and keeping water out of lowlands with levees are powerful tools used to prevent and combat flooding.
In their place marker about the Buford Dam, Brant and Ellie begin with a Socratic question that asks for the impacts of flooding on the Chattahoochee River, which seems to be the universal Socratic question that they attempted to answer in all five place markers. The description of the Buford Dam’s role in the management of flooding was superb because of the use of the case study of the Chattahoochee floods of 2009, which explains how the amount of water that is allowed to stay in the reservoir of Buford Dam could make the difference between a flood or just a high river. Overall, I found that description of flood control by dams and levees was very well done and the pictures were very effective; however, the impacts of flooding on the Chattahoochee were not specifically stated or alluded to and the random presentation of levees seemed to pop up out of the nothing. One or two sentences would take this place marker description from ok to phenomenal.
Second, the information provided for the Chattahoochee at The Lovett School place marker explains how development affects flooding because when buildings and other establishments made my by man are built on a natural flood plane, this construction eliminates earth’s natural method of flood protection. Also, the establishments in these natural flood plane areas such as Lovett’s football field are more likely to flood, which forces people who live in these areas to build their houses higher off the ground.
As I look at Ellie and Brant’s place marker on the Chattahoochee River at The Lovett School, the picture of the football field completely underwater immediately captivates me. The description of how development affects flooding was excellent and the use of Chattahoochee flood of 2009 as a case study was tactfully done by expressing the idea that humans have altered flood planes, like they did with Conley-Oakley field, which makes the land near the Chattahoochee very susceptible to flooding in certain areas of development. Also, this susceptibility to flooding has resulted in certain architectural design, like the elevation of houses, in order to minimize flooding damage The pictures were once again artfully descriptive and I feel that after reading every place marker this is undoubtedly the most well constructed of their markers because it not only describes how development affects flooding like the marker is designed to do, but it describes how flooding affects development. Once again, well done Brant and Ellie.

Clay Deyonker

What I learned-
Buford Dam is one system of flood control. One of the largest dams on the Chattahoochee River is the Buford Dam, which helped in retaining floodwater during the 2009 Chattahoochee flood. Since the construction of the Buford Dam in 1956, the 2009 floods marked the highest record floods in Atlanta.

Woodlands at the Chattahoochee River- Natural Causes of Flooding: Certain aspects of a river such as the elevation of the land around it and what type of land around it affects the chance that a flood will happen. Woodlands surrounding a river protect the lowlands just beyond the woodlands from flooding by absorbing runoff water.

Did not like- Liked the design of the pop ups, had pictures and clear representation of what they were talking about. Liked everything.

What was unclear- Everything seemed to be clear went into detail when needed.

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