After much preparation we finally took our first core sample yesterday. It took up to 4 people to get core samples through the thick and hard sediment of Gete-niso-bajishkaa-Zaaga’igan (the ancient triangular lake). It was exciting and fascinating to see the samples change from a rich dark reddish brown to a glistening grey from the anaerobic environments. The anticipation for information contained within the samples still lingers.
Today was a more relaxing day after two consecutive days in the field. The REU students were greeted with a problem solving challenge early in the morning by Christa. Later in the afternoon we received lessons on things that can be found in site descriptions by Emi. A small group of us went to the community center right after to relieve some stress and workout our bodies after using our minds all day.