Geology 10 (Physical Geology)

California State University, Sacramento

Week 10: Flooding in Sacramento, Groundwater


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Discuss the reasons that Sacramento has a high risk of flooding

  • Give examples of areas in Sacramento that lie within the 100 year floodplain

  • Summarize what would happen with a levee failure in the Pocket area.

  • Discuss where groundwater occurs in the subsurface.

  • Use and define terms common groundwater terms:  vadose, phreatic, groundwater table, saturated, unsaturated


Homework for week #10
No assigned homework this week.

Reading Assignments

From Plummer, Carlson and Hammersley, Physical Geology, 13th edition

Chapter 10- Rivers and flooding (cont'd); and graphics from class.

Chapter 11- Groundwater


Powerpoint graphics used during lectures


Flooding in Sacramento