mpollock November 6th, 2009
Our mineralogy students have been researching some fascinating topics and have recently created a suite of impressive digital presentations. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we unveil their projects on the blog. The first presentation is by Megan Innis (’11) on the mineralogy of hydrothermal vents. Make sure your volume is turned up. Enjoy!
mpollock October 30th, 2009
Tomorrow is Halloween, but Mineralogy students celebrated the holiday today by dressing as their favorite optical property. Guess what the people in the picture below are dressed as (hint: they are all under crossed polars!).
The people below appear every 90 degrees when the stage is rotated under crossed polars…
Andrew Retzler (below) is dressed as muscovite under conoscopic illumination…
Okay, here’s a tough one. Lindsey Bowman’s costume represents the microscope set up when the analyzer is in the optical path…
Wooster Mineralogy students bring a whole new meaning to optics!
mpollock September 15th, 2009
Last weekend, Dr. Judge’s and Dr. Pollock’s Structure and Mineralogy classes took a field trip to central Pennsylvania. It rained on Saturday, but that didn’t stop us from having a great time. We saw the most amazing pencil structures in the Reedsville Shale.
In the Bald Eagle Formation just a short drive down the road, we found textbook examples of slickenfibres. Slickenfibres are elongated minerals that grow along a fault plane parallel to the direction of motion.
Next, we went to the Bear Valley Strip Mine. The beautifully exposed folds and giant iron concretions are simply breathtaking!
Finally, we stopped to sample some (very orange) acid mine drainage at a nearby pump slope.
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