Today was a day much like the last few for us: picking plant macrofossils and counting diatom valves. We continued executing our plan to collect all our data by the end of this week. With no problems throughout today, we are one step closer to accomplishing our goal. In the microscope today, we examined new diatom slides that were taken as secondary diatom samples to compare to our originals. So far, we have similar valves under similar circumstances but the evidence is clear that our area has been a wetland much longer than we thought to begin this project. Tomorrow we have a surprise in store with our radiocarbon dating analysis set to come, and we shall see if another wrench is thrown towards our direction.
Hey, do you guys have more photos of the diatoms? I think they are beautiful.