Connie Millar from the US Forest Service joins us for the day. We start off the day with an introduction to dendrochronology and Great Basin climate in the White Mountain classroom.
Out in the field, Connie gives the class an introduction to Great Basin climate and ecology.
Describing an outcrop on our way up to the Bristle Cone Pines.
Kelly explains her interpretation to Izzat and Ryan.
Nadine, Katie, and Kevin discuss their observations.
Looking down from the top of the outcrop at the "lazy" geologists.
Katie records some observations in her field book.
Connie shows off one of the coolest plants of the Great Basin--desert buckwheat.
Connie provides an overview dendrochronology.
Connie demonstrates how to collect a tree-ring sample using an increment borer.
And now, how it's done with a real tree, in this case a Pinyon pine.
And... Izzat and Mariela look on as Connie extracts a perfect core.
Izzat, Katie, and Ryan share the joy of a newly exposed tree-ring core.
The group figures out how the master age chronology is determined by cross correlation of individual tree ring samples.
Kelly shows Izzat and Ryan how it's done--it's all in the shoulders!
Jumpin' for joy at the Sierra Overlook.
The gang hikes up to the most spectacular lunch spot in the White Mountains--the Sierra Overlook.
Maddie and Ryan enjoy the view.
Liz takes ownership of the landscape.
At the Shulman Grove, Connie discusses the natural history and ecology of the Bristlecone Pines.
The gang strikes a pose in front of 'The Patriarch', one of the largest of the bristlecone pines.
Garrett takes in the view of the White Mountains
The long walk back to the vehicles, past a lingering snow-field.
Professor Rupp joins the class for an evening lecture on tectonics and physographic provinces of the western U.S.
John introduces terminology associated with tectonic, geographic, and hydrologic studies of the western U.S.
Wow! A home-made map of the western US!