Potamology in 1932: Lower Mississippi River

by Leo M. Odom, (F.ASCE), President; Pyburn & Odom, Inc., Consulting Engrs., Baton Rouge, La.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 4, Pg. 405-420

Document Type: Journal Paper


A review of the knowledge of the science of rivers as it stood in 1932 as described in the Mississippi River Commission Report published that year entitled Improvement of the Lower Mississippi River for Flood Control and Navigation is presented. The conclusions and recommendations given in the report are still in general use by today's designers of river control and maintenance works. While the prime reason for preparing this paper was to make available to younger engineers a summary of the knowledge of potamology contained in this long-out-of-print report, it is also hoped that it will initiate and stimulate analysis. Renewed emphasis is needed for obtaining data from the prototype streams, particularly in view of the late developments in electronic and computerized devices for use in surveying, sampling, and storage and analysis of data.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Hydrologic data | Floods | Navigation (waterway) | Hydraulic design | Maintenance | Computer analysis | Electronic equipment | Mississippi River

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