Doane Rock, one huge enigmatic boulder in glacial outwash on Cape Cod.
Loading up the vans.
Obligatory before shot.
Obligatory before shot, posed.
Oh, did we say that there might be wildlife??! We see this one about 500 m from our camp the first night.
Setting up camp, Day 1 in North-South Lake State Park.
We begin our first trek in search of a geologic story, North-South Lake State Park.
Large scale cross stratified pebbly sandstone in N-S State Park. Katie takes note.
Large scale cross stratified pebbly sandstone in N-S State Park. Rich is thinking about that overhang.
Overlook of the Hudson Valley at Artists' Rock.
Overlook of the Hudson Valley at Artists' Rock. Chris begins to meditate, or swoon.
View of North-South Lake from Sunset Rock.
Sunset Rock, with its striated polished flattened pebbles, with glacial till nearby...
Katie on Sunset Rock.
First night's supper. Chris stirs the hot sausage and tends the beans. Tasty, as I recall! Though the rice was a disaster...
North-South Lake in the early morn.
Discovery of the edge at Kaaterskill Falls. Surprising, to say the least.
On the edge at Kaaterskill.
Catskill Creek rapids at contact between sandstone/shale units and limestone. Sublime.
Limestone beds at Catskill Creek.
Devin tries to outshout the rapids. Gestures work.
Hot sun and rushing cool deliciousness soooo close...
We drive into the Taconic/Berkshire Mtns to Bash Bish Falls. We need more time!!
Bash Bish is a very popular place on hot August days...
Sadie, Nallelie, and Katie.
We climb to the overlook above Bash Bish Falls, and find mid-crustal metamorphic rocks, with magnetite, vertical foliation, and a view.
The view west to the Catskills above Bash Bish Falls.
Martha shows what happens when plates collide.
We venture into the wilderness of serpentinite near Chester, MA, and whack at the rocks for a fresh view into the mantle.
Hunting serpentinite near Chester, MA.
Morning debriefing on Day 3 in October Mountain Campground near Lee, MA.
Following in the footsteps of the dinosaurs near Holyoke, MA.
Nallelie tries to match the stride of the dinosaurs...
Tracing the footprints, and wondering about the ripples.
The Connecticut River, and the dipping sandstone with fossil plants.
The Connecticut River, and the dipping sandstone with fossil plants. Huge modern tree lies parallel to shore, similar to the petrified remains...
View from the lookout tower on Mt. Tom, MA.
I didn't think the lookout tower was THAT high!
Cassie, Jamie, and Katie on the lookout tower.
The perfect tree for photos! Nallelie and Sadie strike the pose.
Leanna in the gentle bole of the pine.
Katie and Jamie strike the pose.
Martha and Devin in a push-me-pull-you demo of crustal rifting.
We arrive at Halibut Point. Actually, just south. Students get an intro to igneous rocks.
We all tried to take this ineffable place in.
The showers missed us.
On the rocks at Cape Ann.
Nallelie and Sadie.
Fractures, crystals, fractures, crystals...
Annite--blue quartz in a pegmatite vein.
Stone, sky, and home.
Quartz, K-spar, plagioclase, magnetite, biotite, amphibole = granite.
Gathering on Cape Ann.
Anna in her new element.
Hmmm...which came first.
Puzzling over the shear zone and discontinuous mafic dikes.
Mylonite--a shear zone!! Maybe this could explain some of the discontinuities...
Martha gathers her observations into a model for how the rocks have deformed.
Martha likes "S" es! This one indicates right-lateral motion.
View of the lagoon and saltwater marsh by Cape Ann Campground.
Cape Ann Camp. Littered with granite boulders, likely part of a moraine.
We pause beside Cape Cod Canal for an overview of the Cape's geologic history.
Devin's multimedia presentation.
On the shore of Ashumet Pond, once threatened by a nutrient rich plume. We test the waters...
The water table is real!
Rich measures the nitrate concentration of the lake. Nope, there's not much in there!
Sampling the lake.
Chris performs a titration. And we thought he could only hunt dinosaurs!
Devin talks about the groundwater test field with its innumerable wells.
Finally on the beach, and we have to shake these dang sieves!
Myles takes a sand bath, with a little help from his friends.
Jamie uses the total station to measure beach profiles at Sandwich Beach.
Sadie records total station profile data.
Miles is enjoying this waaayyy too much!
Sandwich Beach suffered a lot of erosion in Winter 2010-11. Notice the fresh wood on this stairway, which used to closely follow the dune front.
Rounded granite and metamorphic cobbles at Sandwich Beach.
The curious beach composition at Sandwich.
Beach erosion at Sandwich.
Signs of Europeans in this layer which buries an old soil profile. Creamy clay appears below the soil in places, perhaps an old glacial lake deposit?
We stride toward Chapin Beach near Dennis, MA.
Chapin Beach on Cape Cod at low tide.
Exploring Chapin Beach.
Venturing out onto the tidal flats at Chapin Beach.
Oh, are those shells moving?! Hermit crabs in the tidal stream.
Ripple marks from waves, and trails left by ??
I love sand ripples.
Doane Rock, and we pose for the group photo.
Marconi Beach is popular this year!
Nallelie takes a turn at the total station on Marconi Beach.
Cassie does some booking at Marconi Beach.
Fresh sand avalanches along the cliffs at Marconi Beach. There is no pile at the toe of the slope, implying lots of sand movement along this beach.
Myles begins his big dig, and pauses to mop the brow.
Students hard at work on Marconi Beach.
Magnetite and grain size changes mark the numerous layers that comprise the beach at Marconi.
Our last beach at the northern end of Cape Cod--Race Point! The local lifeguards are curious about our activities, as we dig holes, shake the sieves, roll out the tapes, set up the total station, and drag the GPR around.
Anna provides insight and guidance for the beach presentation.
Leanna, Sadie, and Jamie put together the presentation on beach evolution.
We hypothesize that...
I think I can see into the future!
And one more thing!
Beaches are as complicated as Sadie's shirt, but they manage to decipher them!
Sun's rays cast long shadows, and the conclusions follow.
Nallelie stresses a point.
Andrew starts to arm wave, like a good geologist!
Cassie really starts to arm wave, like a good geologist!
We arrive at First Encounter Beach at the end of the day.
We pause to gaze at such beauty.
Then hunger takes over--pizza!
First Encounter at dusk.
Tornado damage in Sturbridge, MA on the way home.