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  Session: Introductory Courses II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Extreme Floodwaters: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Drag Forces
  Meeting: 2015 Summer Meeting: College Park, Maryland
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:40PM
  Author: Kenneth A. Pestka II, Longwood University
434-395-2717, pestkaka@longwood.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In 1982 the Lawn Lake Dam in Rocky Mountain National Park burst producing extreme floodwaters with water-walls that were estimated to be over 25 ft. tall, moving boulders weighing over 400 tons. Several activities will be presented at a level appropriate for AP or introductory university physics courses that will enable students to estimate the water flow needed to move such enormous rocks. The activities presented have a natural appeal and have applications to environmental science, civil and environmental engineering and encourage students to become environmental detectives.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT 2015-Pestka.pdf

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