What a summer! As the summer research season ends and the new school year begins, I thought I’d catch everyone up on the exciting (but not-so-smooth) arc of our Keck Geology Consortium Advanced Project.
How Many Rocks Can You Measure?
We’ve been out here for eleven days. Surely we’ve seen every single rock out here by now, right? Well, sometimes it feels like it, but around each corner, there’s always a new rock to sample. Still, you might be wondering, “what have we accomplished after all this time?”
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to fly? Well, occasionally, us geology students find ourselves staring out of a window, asking ourselves, “What do these rocks look like to the birds?”
This morning, our fieldwork began as usual, but quickly became something more magical. After picking up where we left off yesterday, our group quickly began to experience what others come from all around the world to see: true slot canyons.
Day 3 started with with a mini-lesson from Ben about geologic stress and strain.
In order to understand how earthquakes propagate and fractures form in rocks, geologists like us analyze these features in the field.