Prof. Ethan Baxter leads RoBOT program field trip.

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October 24th, 2013

This past Saturday, Professor Ethan Baxter led a group of Boston University undergraduates and area high schoolers on a field trip to take samples of local rocks as part of the the Department of Earth and Environment’s “Rocks Beneath Our Toes” (RoBOT) Program.

Twelve  of Dr. Baxter’s ES222 Mineralogy students along with 20 Acton-Boxborough high school students explored several sample sites in the Acton-Boxborough community, collecting rock samples for later analysis. The Mineralogy students carried on into the afternoon collecting samples from sites in New Hampshire, the last of which were outcrops on Dean Virginia Sapiro’s property.

Dr. Baxter and his students will use petrographic microscopes to analyze thin sections from the collected samples over the coming weeks; while RoBOT high school participants perform background research on the geography and underlying geology of the sample locations.  Later this fall, the students will reunite at BU to discuss their findings and analyze the rock samples. The participants will then display their findings in a poster session.

For more information on the RoBOT program, check out Prof. Baxter’s flyer.

For more information about upcoming events at the Department of Earth and Environment see our calendar or check out our recent news.

See pictures from the trip:

Professor Baxter and students explore the unique story that each rock holds about its geologic past.

Professor Baxter and students explore the unique story that each rock holds about its geologic past.

 

Students explore a rock outcrop to find samples for analysis.

Students explore a rock outcrop to find samples for analysis.

Students and Faculty gather for a group shot in front of a rock formation.

Students and Faculty gather for a group shot in front of a rock formation.