Archive for December, 2012

Pictures from Microscope Day! (Thanks AM!)

Posted: December 11, 2012 by Tina Duver in Pictures

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Ella and John talk dirt about dirt.

Posted: December 6, 2012 by Tina Duver in Uncategorized

Ella:

I love the MASTODON MATRIX PROJECT in our class! My favorite part was when we were floating the dirt so we can see the organic materials and the rocks. My least favorite part was when we had to categorized the dirt by flora, fauna, rocks, and ??????. Hopefully our class can look closely at the dirt through the microscopes. I LOVE mastodons!
John did some research on other animals that lived during the late Pleistocene:

 

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Wooly Rhino
Full Name: Elasmotherium Caucasicum.
Location: Belgium, Swiss Alps.
Time Period: 30,00 ya, Late Pleistocene.
10 to 12.5 feet long; weight 6,000–7,000 lb;  6.6 ft tall; had 2 horns; thick, long fur, small ears, short legs, and a stocky body. Called the snow shovel.
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Irish Elk
Full Name: Megaloceros Giganteus.
Location: Belgium, Swiss Alps.
Time Period: 30,00 ya, Late Pleistocene.
6.9 ft tall at the shoulders; had the largest antlers of any known cervid – 12.0 ft from tip to tip and weighing up to 88 lb. weight about 1,200-1,300 lbs.
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Wooly mammoth
Full Name: Mammuthus Primigenius
Location: Belgium, Swiss Alps.
Time Period: 30,00 ya, Late Pleistocene.
Between 9 and 11ft. tall; weight about six tons; long, thick fur all over the body, small ears, two giant tusks.
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Full Name: Phorusrhacos Longissimus
Location: South America.
Time Period: 1 mya, Late Pleistocene
Stood 8 ft. Tall and weighted about 280 lbs. known as the terror bird because it was so big. Amal wings for arms with claws and a huge beak. It at meat.

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Full Name: Megatherium Americanum.
Location: South America.
Time Period: 1 mya, Late Pleistocene.

About 20 ft. Long and weighted 40 tons. One of the largest Land mammals. It’s like an anteater.

Nate does some digging about Chert

Posted: December 6, 2012 by Tina Duver in Uncategorized

Chert is a sedimentary rock, mostly made of quartz. Chert can be found deep in the ocean, or in deposits of limestone. Chert may have clay in it and sometimes it looks like shale. Chert is also a hard rock, which early hunters used for tools and weapons. Flint and Jasper are both kinds of chert. I think that chert is a cool name, and I am surprised that I haven’t heard of it before this year.

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Hyde Park Mastodon

Posted: December 6, 2012 by nfilipi19 in Uncategorized

Hyde Park Mastodon

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Ann Margaret and Ella

Posted: December 6, 2012 by nfilipi19 in Uncategorized

Ann Margaret  and Ella

Floating the Sediments

Nicole’s Panoramic Photo

Posted: December 6, 2012 by nfilipi19 in Uncategorized

Nicole's Panoramic Photo

Everyone seems to be helping sort dirt!

Rock Sorting – It Rocks!

Posted: December 5, 2012 by Tina Duver in Sorting and Blogging, Uncategorized
We sorted rocks today according to size.

We sorted rocks today according to size.

Today in class we sorted rocks. That may seems like a simple and pointless task, but it is important.  For our research we needed to separate the rocks into 4 groups:

1. less than 2 mm

2. between 2 and 8 mm

3. Between 8 and 32 mm

4. Greater than 32.

We have ONE rock in our “Greater than 32 mm” container.  We found a piece of glacial chert in the samples today, which was pretty cool!!