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GEOL 430 – Seminar on Acid Rain Adirondack Field Trip – October 2008

By Contributing Writer on October 31, 2008

Click the image below to launch a slideshow of images from the trip.

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The group prepares to test stream water chemistry

 

Lauren Idleman, Miguel Rodriguez, and Elin Brown dig a pit to examine Adirondack soils

Lauren Idleman, Miguel Rodriguez, and Elin Brown dig a pit to examine Adirondack soils

More water testing on East Canada Creek - left to right: Lauren Idleman, Miguel Rodriguez, Veronica Hanus, Christian Rathkopf, Elin Brown, and Sam Hunt

Water testing – left to right: Lauren Idleman, Miguel Rodriguez, Veronica Hanus, Christian Rathkopf, Elin Brown, and Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt, Christian Rathkopf, and Miguel Rodriguez - Upper East Canada Creek

Sam Hunt, Christian Rathkopf, and Miguel Rodriguez

Prof. Rich April talks to the group about water pH and alkalinity

Prof. Rich April talks to the group about water pH and alkalinity

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Miguel looks a bit shocked at what Rich had to say

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Jason Fredricks collects a water sample from a tributary stream

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A nice quartz vein through the granitic gneiss – unfortunately it won’t do a lot to buffer the effects of acid precipitation

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Layers of heavy minerals in a sandy glacial outwash deposit

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A large glacial erratic – Jason Fredricks for scale

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Rich April points out something interesting in the bouldery till


Structural Geology Trip 2002

By Contributing Writer on October 15, 2002

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Stromatolite heads, Saratoga NY

Stromatolite heads, Saratoga NY

Johny Chaklader, Victor Matos & Chris Karmosky view Amphibolite/greenstone outside Jiminy Peak Ski area south of Williamstown MA

Johny Chaklader, Victor Matos & Chris Karmosky view Amphibolite/greenstone outside Jiminy Peak Ski area south of Williamstown MA

Taconic folding in carbonate unit near Whitehall NY

Taconic folding in carbonate unit near Whitehall NY

Victor Matos at the Stromatolite heads, Saratoga NY

Victor Matos at the Stromatolite heads, Saratoga NY

Tekla Harms (Amherst College) and Colgate students at Triassic fanglomerate, Deerfield Basin, CT River Valley, MA

Tekla Harms (Amherst College) and Colgate students at Triassic fanglomerate, Deerfield Basin, CT River Valley, MA

Victor Matos on early Paleozoic pillow basalts in western Massachusetts

Victor Matos on early Paleozoic pillow basalts in western Massachusetts

Late Proterozoic Iapetan rift basin conglomerate near Austerlitz NY

Late Proterozoic Iapetan rift basin conglomerate near Austerlitz NY

William Miller Window through Taconic Thrust sheet into Laurentian shelf carbonate, between Whitehall NY and Fair Haven VT

William Miller Window through Taconic Thrust sheet into Laurentian shelf carbonate, between Whitehall NY and Fair Haven VT

Johny Chaklader, Chris Karmosky & Victor Matos examine ripple marks in the Potsdam Sandstone, right above unconformity, Lake George NY

Johny Chaklader, Chris Karmosky & Victor Matos examine ripple marks in the Potsdam Sandstone, right above unconformity, Lake George NY


Environmental Geology Class Trip to Centralia Coal Mine: October ’99

By Contributing Writer on October 31, 1999

In early October 1999 Amy Leventer’s Environmental Geology class took a day trip to Centralia, Pennsylvania to get a firsthand look at coal mining and its environmental impacts.

The tour of the mine was fascinating. It allowed the students to see massive coal seams running through the tilted rock layers, and also gave them an appreciation for the working conditions and hazards that miners face. One special aspect of the Centralia region is that some of the coal seams have been burning underground since 1962. All efforts to put these fires out have failed. The toxic fumes produced from the fires have forced people to vacate their homes, leaving Centralia a modern-day ghost town.

Click the image below to launch a slideshow of images from the trip.

Student gives a thumbs up next to a lump of coal labeled as 3 tons

Thumbs up! That’s one big lump of coal!

Students talking amongst one another

Here we go!

Students in waiting area

It’s cold in there!

Student group poses for a photo in the coal mine

The group

Students listen to cola mine guide

Our guide – Thanks Howie!


Spring Break Field Trip to San Salvador Island, Bahamas: March ’99

By Contributing Writer on February 8, 1999

Eight students in Connie Soja’s Seminar on Reefs (Geology 426) spent spring break in the Bahamas with Connie and her husband, Brian White (Smith College), exploring Pleistocene and modern reefs on San Salvador Island. Students focused on identifying coral, algal, and fish communities to determine guilds and diversity trends in nearshore and offshore reefs.

Underwater cameras and slates facilitated data collection and recording, including recognition of the widespread decline of the staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Exciting encounters with Great Barracudas, turtles, spotted rays, parrotfish, and a diversity of scleractinian corals (remember from Paleo class??) made the trip a wonderful educational exercise! Thanks to Colgate and the Geology Department for funds that subsidized the costs of this trip.

Click the image below to launch a slideshow of images from the trip.

Students pose for a photo on the beach

Survivors of the first snorkel dive on “Dump Reef”

Two students review papers at a table.

Jann Vendetti and Kate Clark work in the lab on algae identification

Students pose next to a cross on the beach

Posing at the site where Christopher Columbus first reached the New World

Students laying in the sand

Becoming a part of the sedimentary record in Fernandez Bay

Students snorkeling in the water

Snorkelers in Pigeon Creek

Students point at an area of an exposed Pleistocene reef on the beach

Discovering ecological baselines in Pleistocene reefs of Grotto Bay

Students pose for a photo around a coral on a beach

Encircling a Pleistocene fossil of brain coral, Diploria strigosa

An underwater image of a fish and coral

A juvenile blue tang nibbling algae growing on common star coral, Montastrea annularis, in Snapshot Reef.

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