Archive for February 1st, 2011

Theory to Practice on Ice

February 1st, 2011

A group from the Wooster community, the University of Cincinnati, The College of Wooster and St. Lawrence University assembled in Wooster for the weekend to mount an expedition to recover many meters of lake mud from the bottom of Round and Long Lakes in Ashland County, Ohio.



Dr. Lowell goes over the theory.

The practice consists of extracting meters of mud from the lake bottom.

Steph takes the vital notes on each meter (left). Lindsey (right) steps up to core another hole in the 6 inch-thick ice.

After a day coring Round Lake the team moved onto Long Lake and targeted the upper several meters of sediment to be analyzed by Jon Theisen for his senior IS in Archaeology. Jon hopes to shed some light on the environmental changes that occurred approximately 1500 years ago during the end of the Hopewell era in Ohio.

Because ice is a mineral …

February 1st, 2011

… we should record this morning’s ice storm in Wooster. You can read about the surprising properties of water ice as well on Wikipedia.

Ice on the holly tree near the back door of Scovel Hall in Wooster, Ohio.

The view from Scovel Hall across the College Mall to Severance Chemistry.

This makes me long for hot desert days.