This week Team SPIRIT converted our data about Spirit Island to a computer code in Python. Spirit Island is represented on the left, where the red line comes out of. The image on the right is the bathymetry of Spirit Lake along that red line. This is the first major step in learning how wave erosion influences Spirit Island throughout time.
I love my daily 4 mile commute to the St. Anthony Falls Lab. These pictures were taken on the Stone Arch Bridge, a bridge for bikers and pedestrians only — supposedly the best place in Minneapolis to watch fireworks or catch a sunset!
Riley taking a photo of our experimental set up of our next flume experiment…. and away, we go!
Whoops – Team SPIRIT had a bit of a spill today when we were trying to equate the input and output rates of water flow in our flume! The ten hour experiment begins tomorrow…. hopefully this time I can keep my shoes dry 😛
Morgan and I went to Lake Harriet on Monday. We had a great afternoon swimming around, playing frisbee, and watching the famous Minnesota orchestra at sunset!
Chris, one of our science advisors (genius alert!!), gave us a tour of his lab where he re-creates in-fill of divergent basins. I just had to jump in the pile of rocks — memories from the ball pit as a kid 😛
Team SPIRIT took an airboat out to Spirit Island on the St. Louis River today to observe what may be causing a recent increased rate of erosion on the shore faces. Here are some cross beds on a steep slope of the island indicating the direction of wind flow eroding the beds.
As an avid biker and nature lover, the many miles of bike paths in Minneapolis led to great adventure this weekend! On Friday we checked out the West River Parkway (a giant bike path along the city) and hung out by Minnehaha Falls for a quick water break. Then on Saturday we explored the East River Parkway and were stopped in our tracks by a mamma turtle laying her eggs! Minneapolis offers a great balance between nature and urban life 🙂