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Field trip to the lesser known makhteshim at Har ‘Arif

MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–We’ve talked a lot about makhteshim in this blog, with so much of our geological work located in Hamakhtesh Hagadol and Makhtesh Ramon. A makhtesh is essentially a breached anticline, usually with a single drainage running from it. … Continue reading
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A mission in the Cretaceous of southern Israel

MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–Today Yoav and I set out to solve a mapping dilemma concerning the boundaries of the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) En Yorqe’am Formation in the Negev and, eventually, the Judean Desert to the north. It involved a bumpy ride … Continue reading
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Cretaceous echinoderms are today’s stars

MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–There’s a joke in the title, in case you didn’t notice! I was on my own for my second day of fieldwork in southern Israel. I revisited yesterday’s outcrops of the Upper Cretaceous (Coniacian) Zichor Formation, taking more … Continue reading
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A Triassic afternoon in southern Israel

MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–This afternoon I walked through the spectacular Middle Triassic sections in Wadi Gevanim on the southern side of the Makhtesh Ramon structure. I will be on a fantastic trip this Thursday to a little-visited Triassic section farther south, … Continue reading
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Making the move from California

Moving to Wooster was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I was raised in Southern California, on an island called Catalina. My parents and I had never been away from each other for more than a month. Being … Continue reading
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A Wooster Geologist is finally warm enough

MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–When I left Wooster on Saturday morning it was 34°F and overcast. It was sunny and an astonishing 84°F when I arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon. That additional 50 degrees felt very good indeed after a … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A brontothere jaw fragment (Miocene of South Dakota)

This fossil has been sitting in a glass case outside my office door for nearly three decades. Only this year — in the desire to find more Fossils of the Week — did I bother to open the cabinet and … Continue reading
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New Kids on the Block: Part Deux

Last week I introduced Jacqueline Kachur as one of Wooster’s newest staff members in the Athletic Department. This week, I would like to present a man with two first names: Seth Kelly, who is a professor for the Biology, Biochemistry/Molecular … Continue reading
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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: Thoroughly encrusted brachiopod from the Upper Ordovician of Indiana

Last week was an intensely bored Upper Ordovician bryozoan, so it seems only fair to have a thoroughly encrusted Upper Ordovician brachiopod next. The above is, although you would hardly know it, the ventral valve exterior of a common strophomenid … Continue reading
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New Kids On The Block

If you thought that by being a first year at The College of Wooster meant you were the only New Kid On the Block, I say not to worry. Each year the College hires new staff members and professors to … Continue reading
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