Post Tagged with: "geological sciences research"

Tackling Water Pollution in Ohio and El Salvador

Dina López in her office in Clippinger Labs

By Ling Xin NQPI editorial intern Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute 2019 Spring Newsletter When hydrogeochemist Dina López first came to Ohio University 24 years ago, she was already an expert in a widespread environmental problem in the Athens area: acid mine drainage. The brownish streams are a remnant of […]

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May 15, 2019 at 2:26 pmNews Research

Geologists Visit the Earth’s Mantle via Kimberlites from Kentucky

HTC Geological Sciences student Thomas Johns holds samples of kimberlite collected in Elliott County, Ky., which contain pieces of the Earth's mantle.

A small group of Ohio University students under the direction of Dr. Keith Milam, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, visited eastern Kentucky in search of samples from the Earth’s mantle in October. As a part of Thomas Johns‘ Honors Tutorial College geology tutorial project, Johns, Milam, and graduate student Logan […]

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January 4, 2019 at 11:59 amIn Class News Research

Alumni, Faculty Publish on Six New Invertebrate Species in Tanzania

Y. Ranjeev Epa examines the Cenozoic gastropods of the Nsungwe Formation

Ohio University faculty and alumni published an article about the discovery of six new species of invertebrates found during a paleontological exploration of rift deposits in southwestern Tanzania. After analyzing invertebrate fossils that were alive 24 to 26 million years ago in the Rukwa Rift Basin, OHIO paleontologists published the […]

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October 31, 2018 at 9:20 amResearch

Howard and López Investigate Link Between Pollution and Algal Blooms on Lake Erie

Lucas Howard collects a sediment sample along the Maumee River. Nutrient loads are examined in both the deposited sediment and water samples.

Contamination of the Maumee River due to agricultural activities is a significant problem for the water resources at Lake Erie and cities like Toledo, Ohio. Specifically, harmful algae blooms are a subject of growing concern and study. Aided by fertilizer runoff, harmful algae blooms can grow rapidly and cover vast […]

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October 22, 2018 at 3:23 pmResearch

Bali and López Investigate Impacts of Volcanic Ash on El Salvador Water Quality

Bali collects water samples from La Barra de Santiago marsh in El Salvador

Ohio University Geologists Dr. Dina López and Abioudun Emmanuel Ayo-Bali M.S. ’19 want to know why the fish population recovered—but not the macroinvertebrates—in water contaminated by a 2005 volcanic eruption in El Salvador. When the Santa Ana volcano erupted, emitting ash and gases in 2005, the ash fell preferentially to […]

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September 21, 2018 at 5:33 pmResearch

Nance to Give ‘New’ Supercontinent Keynotes on Three Continents

R. Damian Nance

Dr. Damian Nance, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Ohio University, has been invited to give keynotes at major meetings on three continents about an article in which he provides evidence for the existence of Pannotia, a supercontinent predating Pangea by 300 million years. The article garnered widespread interest both here […]

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August 31, 2018 at 4:04 pmResearch

Perera and Stigall Publish Study Detailing Ecological Structure of Local Fossil-Rich Limestone

Nilmani Perera MS '17 examines the outcrop of the Ames Limestone on Witches Hill, Athens, Ohio

Generations of geology students at Ohio University have studied the Ames Limestone, the most fossiliferous rock layer in the Athens area, for class field trips and projects. This unit preserves skeletal remains of marine animals—corals, snails, brachiopods, trilobites, sharks— that inhabited a shallow sea that covered Athens about 300 million […]

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August 31, 2018 at 3:55 pmAlumni Research