Team Minnesota finishes its work (in Iowa, funny enough)

Rochester, Minnesota — We returned to Decorah, Iowa, today to measure and sample the Decorah Shale (Upper Ordovician) in its type locality. It was much drier here than on our last attempt! Above is the gray Decorah Shale topped by … Continue reading
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Paleontological fieldwork in southeastern Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota — It was a good day for fossil collecting on the Minnesota prairie. Above you see a handful of articulated orthid brachiopods collected by Nikki Bell at the Shop Quarry exposure near Rochester. Shop Quarry (N 43.97232°, W … Continue reading
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The work begins

Rochester, Minnesota — Today we started collecting specimens and data for the Team Minnesota student Independent Study projects. We began with a long drive south to Decorah, Iowa, to measure a thick section of our Upper Ordovician target units at … Continue reading
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Wooster Geologists tramping through the brush of southern Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota — The middle of the summer is not the best time to do fieldwork in southern Minnesota. The thick and diverse plants make each journey to an abandoned quarry wall or roadcut a jungly adventure. It doesn’t help … Continue reading
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Team Minnesota visits the Upper Ordovician of Iowa

Rochester, Minnesota — Team Minnesota traveled south today to visit exposures of our three favorite formations: the Platteville Limestone, Decorah Shale, and Cummingsville Limestone. Where best to see the Decorah Shale than in Decorah, Iowa? Above the crew is scattered … Continue reading
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Team Minnesota Assembles!

Rochester, Minnesota — The first Team Minnesota of Wooster Geologists has now gathered for its work in this beautiful state. Above from the left is Rachel Wetzel (’17), Dean Thomas (’17), Nick Wiesenberg (Geological Technician), Nikki Bell (’17) and Etienne … Continue reading
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Dig it!

Excavation for the foundation of Williams Hall has begun!
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Luxury hotels in India: An isolating experience

By Tom Helsel From Thursday June 16th to Sunday June 19th, I had the pleasure of staying in the three of the nicest hotels I’ve ever experienced. Each hotel had five stars, located in Bangalore, Delhi, and Agra respectively. Each … Continue reading
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Release my inner child: The role of experiential learning in education

By Jean Pham It was a peaceful Sunday night at Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) after we had just got back from a 4-day experiential camp with Dream a Dream’s students. I felt quite exhausted yet couldn’t sleep right … Continue reading
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Found in a Box

I recently ascended to Czar of Physics. (Oops — I mistyped Chair and it autocompleted to Czar.) It’s not my first year as Czar, but this time, during the handover from the previous Czar, I inherited a small cardboard box. Inside I found … Continue reading
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