The Same Ole’ Grind

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.


Zachary Kisfalusi

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About Diana Dalbotten

Diana Dalbotten is the Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts for the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota; and for the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance for broadening participation of Native Americans in the Geosciences.

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