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.

4 Responses to “Theory to Practice on Ice”

  1. Mark Wilsonon 01 Feb 2011 at 8:39 pm

    That looks so COLD, Dr. Wiles! But also so very productive. Dedication to the science, it is!

  2. Kristin Riker-Colemanon 01 Feb 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Cold? I see jeans … I’m not seeing any coveralls. Then again, I suppose it was only when I moved to northern Minnesota for graduate studies that I discovered adults here own snowpants.

    I’m intrigued where this lake is in Ohio — how many meters of core did you manage to get?

  3. Colin Mennetton 01 Feb 2011 at 11:12 pm

    That looks like a lot of fun! Looks like a fruitful field day. Glad to see it!

  4. Stephanie Jarvison 01 Feb 2011 at 11:36 pm

    There were definitely warm tights under the jeans (at least for me), but I was thinking at the time coveralls would have been really nice! Though I’m not sure they would have helped the hands…

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