Monthly Archives: May 2009

SEAVP Days 2 and 3

Friday morning was the SEAVP poster session, with six different presentations. Two of the posters concerned turtles. Amy Smith did a morphometric analysis of the specimen of the sea turtle Syllomus shown above (this specimen was collected from Westmoreland County several years … Continue reading

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The second annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology kicked off with a reception Wednesday night, and with a full schedule of presentations on Thursday. As the meeting host I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with organization, but I’m going to … Continue reading

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Acadia wrap-up

I’m going to wrap-up talking about my trip to Acadia with various interesting photos that didn’t necessarily fit in with the other topics I wrote about. 

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Intertidal organisms 2 – animals

Considering the difficult environmental challenges of survival in the intertidal zone, there is an amazing abundance and diversity of animals living there. There are vast numbers of the common periwinkle Littorina littoria (above), which graze on the algae.

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Intertidal organisms 1 – algae

I’ve always held a special place in my heart for organisms that live in the intertidal zone. I’m not sure why; perhaps it’s the impressive toughness that allows something to survive in a habitat that might only be a few … Continue reading

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Bay of Fundy tides

The Bay of Fundy is yet another rift basin, which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. It’s famous for its incredible tidal range, which exceeds 15 meters. We didn’t make it all the way to the north end of the … Continue reading

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New Brunswick

Last night we drove to Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada to take a quick look at Reversing Falls (more of that later). As we were admiring the overlook yesterday, Brett noticed a lithologic change in the rocks under the … Continue reading

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Acadia National Park – Paleozoic rocks 2

In the Devonian a whole series of intrusive igneous rocks formed in what is now Acadia (intrusive rocks are igneous rocks that cooled below ground, without erupting at the surface).

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Acadia National Park – Paleozoic rocks

While the Pleistocene ice sheets caused all kinds of dramatic modifications to Acadia National Park, the actual rocks there are lower Paleozoic in age. Because it’s late, and there are a lot of these rocks, tonight I’m only going to … Continue reading

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Acadia National Park – Glaciers

We spent today driving around Acadia National Park, on the Maine coast. Acadia has remarkable geology (to go along with interesting biology and great scenery), and interpreting it has almost been made too easy. An online book, The Geology of Mount … Continue reading

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