I am currently reading this paper on some volcanic stuff on the moon. I am either really tired, or most of it’s going over my head, maybe a combination.
Today we went coring in a bog. It was a pretty cool experience. Got to do some real field work type stuff and talk about the practical applications of the things I’ve learned in my time here. Possibly got some ideas for senior thesis stuff/internship opportunities.
Spent most of the day wandering around in a couple feet of water and trying not fall over. We were going to go to two locations, but we got rained/stormed out (as it turns out, standing in a bog while holding a very tall metal object during a thunderstorm is unsafe). It also turns out that I am terrible at taking pictures as I have nothing of us actually doing any coring. Just some random pictures and some of our cores.
Now, to do geology on them.
Posted by Tyler on March 22, 2012
Crafting cross-sections by hand is the most tedious thing I think I’ve experienced thus far in my geologic education. I’ve done a handful of cross-sections before in my geology program, but they were very basic. In my structure class, we’re now going full bore and I can confirm that it is not my favorite part of doing geology. On a tangential note, the absolute best way to take away the last bit of a student’s enthusiasm for something so tedious is to let them know that computers can do it with little fuss. I’m probably sounding really whiny, but a lot of structure lab so far seems like long, complex, boring assignments that result in a lot of busy work.
Now that Spring Break is over, our Global Cycles class switched professors and now our resident geochemist is taking over. That means doing a lot of work with stable isotopes and I think that’s going to be really cool. Tomorrow we’re going to spend the day out in the field drilling core for our lab and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never participated in coring, so it will be a good learning experience.
We’re going to be coring through some glacial deposits and in a bog, and since it’s going to be raining all day tomorrow, I’m sure that will be thrilling.
I didn’t sleep last night as I worked to finish my cross-sections that were due today, so I’m looking forward to sleeping right about… now.
Posted by Tyler on March 21, 2012