The 16th-largest river in the U.S. empties into Chesapeake Bay. Bucknell’s campus and surrounding farmlands, mines, towns, gas wells and mountains are located inside the watershed.
Chillisquaque Creek Natural Area
66-acre nature preserve about 11 miles east of campus. An exceptionally diverse floodplain forest.
The Montandon Marsh is one of the few remaining diverse riparian wetlands ecosystems in central Pennsylvania, along the west branch of the Susquehanna River.
Bald Eagle State Forest
Includes most of the upland Appalachian Mountains surrounding Bucknell and Union County.
Local Amish, Mennonite and rural farming communities; small towns and cities, many of them industrial; immigrant populations; churches; public schools; government agencies.
Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling
Vast natural gas reserves currently being drilled – and debated – in north-central Pennsylvania.
The geography department maintains a research-grade weather station located west of campus. Data are archived and available to the campus community
Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory
The Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility capable of performing most types of laboratory analyses.
Geography has a full-featured GIS research and teaching lab in Coleman 220, featuring ArcGIS software running on 15 PC workstations.
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