4 July 2011 Day 7: Real scientists!!! (Glacial deposits, fossils, and independent research projects)

Today's commentary

Submitted by Christine (Denmark), Maria (USA), Sofie (Greenland), and Tina (Greenland)

We started our morning with an interesting presentation by two real life scientists, Laura Levy and Patrick Applegate. They talked about glacial history, landforms and how ice cap has moved. They also talked about how it is to be a scientist today and encouraged us to start our own research projects. We learned about the fossil formation and the difference between the different layers of sand structures left by the glaciers.

Scientist Laura Levy tells us about her work.Scientist Laura Levy tells us about her work. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

JSEP group on glacial delta depositsJSEP group on glacial delta deposits. (Photo by Laura Lukes, 2011)

Laura Levy and Patrick explain the landscapeLaura Levy and Patrick explain the landscape. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Today was also the day where we picked up our mountain bikes so now we have more freedom and it is easier to go to our sites and dinner. We road our bikes to location where Laura and Patrick gave us a better demonstration of their daily research and once more we looked for fossils.

Traveling by bike.Traveling by bike. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Scientist Laura Levy Scientist Laura Levy

Emil finds a peanut shaped concretionEmil finds a peanut shaped concretion. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Laura Levy explains how fossils form to Kurt and JeannieLaura Levy explains how fossils form to Kurt and Jeannie. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Maria finds a fossilMaria finds a fossil. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Rebecca's amazing fossil findRebecca's amazing fossil find. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Titte and Avaruna find fossilsTitte and Avaruna find fossils. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

In the afternoon we prepared our own research project and organized our schedule. We had to find out where to collect data and what we needed for our investigation. It was a big logistic project but we succeed and learned that there is a lot of work before going out into the field.
Now we are ready to go into the field, collect our data and proceed with our research

Today's scientists

Laura Levy (Dartmouth)

Patrick and Laura Levy show locations on the map.Patrick and Laura Levy show locations on the map. Photo by Laura Lukes (2011)

Patrick Applegate (University of Stockholm)

Agenda Highlights

  1. Lecture by guest scientists Laura Levy and Patrick Applegate

  2. Fieldtrip to glacial runoff delta deposits (by dog sled puppies) and fossiletten

  3. Cleaning the School!

  4. Student Research Groups: Devloping a research plan for days in field

Vocabulary

sikorsuit (Greenlandic)- glacier

sermersuaq (Greenlandic)- inland ice

rouche moutonnee- bedrock that is smoothed on one side by glacier and broken off on other side (indicates ice movement direction)

erratic- boulder carried by, then dropped/left behind by glacier as ice melts and recedes

kettle lake-glacial lake formed by large pieces of glacier that broke off and was left behind as ice melted/receded

moraine- pile of glacial till left behind by glacier as it recedes

isostasy- elevation of Earth's surface is a balance between the weight of the lithosphere and the bouyancy of the asthenosphere

lichenometry- the study of using the size of lichens to determine the surface exposure of rocks

loess- very fine, wind blown sediment deposits

Team Member

Laura Lukes's picture

Journal Details

Greenland Education Tour 2011 Journals