History of Geology
The fourth extended abstract is due this week. Previous (late) summaries are also due at this time. Friday, April 28 is the ultimate deadline for submitting abstracts; no abstracts will be accepted thereafter.
Team projects will be presented in class next week. These are relatively informal presentations of near-final reports (not graded). Students will have an opportunity to make revisions before submitting the final (graded) versions, which are due by Friday, May 5.
Your instructor and several other ESU faculty attended the Earth Day celebration in Topeka on Saturday. Several hundred people gathered on the south lawn of the Capitol to hear noteworthy speakers. This was part of a larger nationwide and global March for Science demonstration. For more, go to Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, MO. Science history in the making.
|Left: crowd listens to Ma'Ko'Quah Abigail Jones, a Native American, speak on the importance of tribal environmental science. Right: exceptionally large glacial erratic of Sioux Quartzite on the Shunganunga esker in suburban Topeka. Photos © J.S. Aber (2017).|
Your instructor and visiting professor Toshiro Nagasako also toured the so-called the so-called Shunganunga "moraine" in southwestern Topeka. This feature was the focus of early studies on the glaciation of Kansas. It is, in fact, an esker composed of bouldery gravel, and it marks the maximum limit of the ice sheet margin.
Notes: visiting professor Toshiro Nagasako from Kagoshima University (Japan) will arrive tomorrow and be in residence through the end of the semester. He may sit in on some of our class sessions.
Your instructor will be away from campus April 7-8 for the annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science, which is hosted this year by Fort Hays State University. See KAS meeting.
Note: in southern Colorado a big storm on Friday dumped 2+ feet of snow in the mountains and caused regional power outages. We have been without electricity, heat, or phone service for two days; this blog entry was uploaded from the La Veta public library. Your instructor plans to return to campus on Monday for our regular class session. If this is not possible, however, we will schedule a make-up session later.
At this time, students should self-organize into small teams; see class roster below to contact other students. Let your instructor know about membership and possible topics for your team report.
Note: the requirement for on-campus oral presentations has been eliminated, as discussed in class. In place of oral presentations, students should begin to develop team projects. The course procedures and schedule have been updated accordingly.
Bonus opportunity: Identify at least two other midwestern states that have Lyon counties. What is the historical significance of this name and why do so many states have a Lyon county? Send your response by noon on Wednesday for a participation bonus point.
Once again, your instructor has been called for jury duty on Monday, Feb. 13. Final notification will not be known until after 5 pm on Friday. To avoid possible confusion, there will be no on-campus class meeting on the 13th. Nonetheless, all students should submit final versions of extended abstracts next week.
From Logan Smith: ESA article about Lomonosov Lunar Crater (named after Russian Physicist Mikhail Lomonosov) and how it formed after impact. Check out Crater Lomonosov.
Note: on-campus students will meet in SH 131 this week forward.
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GO 521 © J.S. Aber (2016).