There are many reasons to collect cores from a beach. One of the most interesting is to look back in time and see what environments used to be where the beach is today. The core is like a time machine, or better yet, a history book. You just have to learn the language geology. The cores we took today tell us that there used to be a saltmarsh where the beach is, because below the beach sand we sampled old marsh plants. Before the saltmarsh, an estuary occupied the area because we sampled gray mud with an oyster reef below the marsh sediment. This stacking pattern of different environments is evidence that sea level has been rising in the area of Onslow Beach, NC. Earth’s history is beneath our feet and collecting cores is one way of exposing it.
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Lesson plans for middle- and high-school teachers that focus on estuarine fish habitats can be found here.
Lab Musings (mostly)
- RT @jessamin_amelia: Fun day out in the field with some creative coring methods! @MollyBost @AntonioBRodrig @UNCims https://t.co/3E00P090Lj about 13 hours ago from Twitter for iPhone ReplyRetweetFavorite
- RT @ceebeee11: Digging holes & breaking poles #RodriGALS #fieldwork #shack https://t.co/mKZDjOxJ0q 12:59:41 AM May 23, 2018 from Twitter for iPhone ReplyRetweetFavorite
- RT @DrJeffWarren: Brand logo mock-up by @EDPNC and @kenanflagler MBA STAR Team for @NCCollaboratory#oyster trail project. #ncga https://t.c… 11:20:10 AM May 05, 2018 from Twitter for iPhone ReplyRetweetFavorite
Molly Bost wins
Second place best poster award at UNC 5th annual Climate Change and Resilience Symposium. April 20, 2018.
Congratulations! Charlie and Anna graduate with MS degrees.