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October 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Seeley Spent Summer in Rock Room, Then Helping with Field Camp

Jack Seeley, photo taken outside with trees in background

Jack Seeley

By Jack Seeley
Geological Sciences graduate student

I started out my summer cutting rocks in Clippinger’s rock room to make slides for microscopic analysis of impact structures for my M.S. thesis under the direction of Dr. Keith Milam.

After the rocks were cut, I ground them by hand in a mortar and pestle to make the powders required for X-ray analysis. The X-ray analysis of the powders then had me on a 17-hour schedule every day and night to complete my analyses on time. It was busy, but rewarding work that I look forward to presenting about the Lunar and Planetary Sciences meeting this year.

Observing lumps of chromite with student Christian Thomas. Credit: Emma Swaninger

Observing lumps of chromite with student Christian Thomas. Credit: Emma Swaninger

For the second half of summer, I worked as the teaching assistant for the Ohio University Geological Sciences Department summer field camp for three weeks. While it was intense and the work never stopped from dawn till past dusk, it was an absolute blast to be at another field camp for my second summer in a row, teaching and being outdoors actually doing what I love about geology.

After field camp, I went on a solo road trip across the West back to my family’s home in Los Angeles, and then all the way back to Ohio University before school started to get back to work on my research.

Double rainbow all the way across the sky after an intense storm in the South Dakota badlands that had people urgently rushing around to secure various tents, tarps, etc. Credit: Lindsay Schafer

Double rainbow all the way across the sky after an intense storm in the South Dakota badlands that had people urgently rushing around to secure various tents, tarps, etc. Credit: Lindsay Schafer

 

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