Evolution of the Earth class braves weather to see Minnesota geology Posted on May 28th, 2010 by

The Evolution of the Earth class (clockwise from upper left: Patrick Clark, Todd Kremmin, Joe Curran-Jung, Bee Vang, Taylor Eide, alanna Velo, Erin Anderson, and Sam Hines) cheerfully ignored drizzle, wind, and wet outcrop to travel from west to east across the southern part of the state. This transect revealed igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks ranging from the Archean beginnings of North America to post-glacial, flood-carved landscapes.

Saprolites at Granite Falls were fascinating. Who knew that a rock could look solid, but melt away at a mere touch?

Trilobites at Red Wing were a rare find, but a cause for much excitement. Erin was the clear mistress of the fossil hunt!

A lovely roadcut at Rochester made it easy for everyone to get in on the fossil-finding game. A diverse Ordovician assemblage literally fell out of the rocks. If you like Receptaculites, this is the locality for you!


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