Nano-Rocks and Mega Molecules
C.C. Little Building
Room 2520 (unless otherwise listed)
Session: June 29 - July 11, 2008
Sunday, 29-June MMSS kickoff - East Hall 3pm
9:00-10:00am MMSS Orientation (1360 East Hall)
10:00-11:00am Introduction to the Geo-mentors and geological sciences
11:00-12:00pm Mineralogy Lab (Room 3526) The mineralogy lab will familiarize students with mineral properties, such as hardness, habit, and magnetism.
1:30-2:30pm Mineralogy Lab (Room 3526) Continue morning session
2:30-4:30pm Rocks Lab (Room 2512) A brief lecture about the rock cycle will precede a rock lab, where students will learn to identify significant features in rocks, such as grain size and composition variations.
|Identifying minerals by their streak||Studying the crystal form of galena||Rock salt really tastes like salt|
|Learning how to identify minerals based on their hardness||Learning about mineral cleavage and habit||Tasting the halite|
|Writing with graphite is fun||Igneous rocks||Metamorphic rocks|
|Clastic sedimentary rocks||A closer look at igneous rocks||What a giant scoria|
|A nicely foliated gneiss||Comparing sandstone with sand||Learning where the color of igneous rock comes from|
|Rock Lab||Looking at a breccia||Cool depositional features|
|Learning about depositional environements|
8:30-12:00pm Trip to G.R. Eddy Geology Center, Chelsea, MI Students will be given a tour of the Centers Rock Walk and Bog Walk to observe some of glacial features of SE Michigan.
|Eddy Rock Walk||Concretion||Bif|
|Standing on a metamorphic rock||Squatting by a basalt||Igneous rocks|
|Standing on a vesicular basalt||Nice ripple marks||Sitting on a concretion|
|Standing on a fossiliferous limestone||Listening to Mark the naturalist||Tillite|
|Learning about poison ivy||Crushing the invasive species||Thinking about invasive species|
|More thinking about invasive species||Hiking to the bog||Listening intently|
|Standing on the esker||Standing on the esker||Collecting bog water for testing|
|More bog water collection||One more sample of bog water||Jumping on the soft prebog soil is fun|
1:30-4:30pm Geologic Time Students will learn about geologic time, methods for age-dating rocks, and the difference between relative and absolute time.
|Putting geologic time in order||Determining the order of events||The origin of the Earth|
|Walking back in time||When did all of these events occur??||Thinking about time scale|
|Comparing event times with other groups||Instructors taking a breather||Leaping back in time|
|Are we there yet??||The Earth has a very long history||Really how far apart did these events happen|
|Still measuring||Everyone is looking at something||Pointing back to the beginning|
|Picking up the pieces of geologic time||Geologic time - Devo for scale|
9:30-10:30am Michigan Rocks and Minerals Learn about important rocks and minerals from the Michigan area
10:30-11:30am Michigan Geology Students will learn the abbreviated geologic history of Michigan and some understanding of sedimentary processes that dominate the Michigan subsurface.
1:30-4:30pm Museum of Paleontology, U of M Students will be led on a tour through the Ruthven Museum.
9:00-12:00pm Water Quality Students learn about water quality in the lab and lecture.
1:30-4:30pm Water Quality Walk to the Huron River to examine the water quality in Ann Arbor.
9:00-10:30am Crystal Growth (Room 3526) Students will learn about the 6 crystal systems in a lecture and then have the opportunity to grow their own crystals.
10:30-12:00pm Optical Microscopy (Room 3530) Students will be introduced to the optical microscope and how to identify minerals from thin sections.
1:30-3:30pm Quiz Bowl Round 1 Students will compete for points by answering questions in a quiz bowl.
3:30-4:30pm Close of week 1 Overview of the past week and a preview of the week to come.
9:00-9:45am Space Scale Students will be introduced to space scale to understand resolution and possible techniques used to analyze samples.
10:00-11:30am Optical Microscopy (Room 3530) Students will look at the crystals they made and have a chance to identify unknown minerals according to their crystal systems.
1:30-3:00pm SEM and AFM In 45 minute rotations, students will learn the inner-workings of two advanced microscopy techniques.
3:00-4:30pm Computational mineralogy (5501) Udo Becker will give an interactive lecture introducing computational mineralogy techniques.
8:15-12:00pm Fossil Park, Sylvania, Ohio Students will have an opportunity to search for fossils that are native to the area and even take a sample home.
12:00-1:30pm College Admissions
2:00-4:30pm American Freedom Gravel Pit, Freedom, MIStudents will learn the economic benefits of Michigan geology and learn to make geology field observations.
8:00-12:00pm Seneca Caverns, Bellevue, Ohio Students will have a tour of one of the only fracture caves open to the public in the United States.
1:15-4:00pm Kellys Island, Lake Erie Students will have a chance to see the worlds largest glacial grooves.
4:15-6:30pm Drive back to Ann Arbor
9:00-10:00am Global warming/Climate change Students will learn about climate change and global warming through lecture.
10:00-12:00pm Alternative energy (Room 2512) Students will discuss and learn about alternative energy options and calculate their carbon footprint.
1:30-4:30pm Alternative energy Students will watch The Inconvenient Truth and have a chance to ask Prof. Henry Pollock questions about the research behind the documentary.
9:00-11:30am Environmental Protection Agency tour
1:30-3:00pm Quiz Bowl Round 2 Students will use the knowledge learned throughout the week to compete in a geology game show.
Students can earn points for their team by participating in the extra activities.
Mineral Identification Students can test their mineral detective skills with the unknown mineral of the day.Ann Arbor Rock Walk Students will have an opportunity to apply their rock knowledge on a rock tour of Ann Arbor. We will see rocks that are commonly used as building materials