Ellen Wohl teaches geology at Colorado State University. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America and a Fulbright Fellow. She has received the G. K. Gilbert Award from the Association of American Geographers and the Kirk Bryan Award from the Geological Society of America and has written nine books including Wide Rivers Crossed, Island of Grass, and Transient Landscapes (all UPC).
As we come out of an unusually wet late spring in northern Colorado, I am enjoying the sight of small streams appearing in normally dry gulches. My weekly hike on the shortgrass prairie near my home is enlivened by the calls of meadowlarks, as it is every year at this time, but also by the unaccustomed sound of swiftly flowing water. Little streams flow bank-full with turbid brown water along channels I have never seen flow before.
Insights on a Changing Planet
The South Platte and the Illinois of the American Prairie