During the first week of January, Prof. Jeff Jeremiason’s Geochemistry Research Methods class took a trip to Marcell Experimental Forest, located just north of Grand Rapids, MN. The Marcell Experimental Forest is a sampling location for one of the class research projects this term. Students learned about the different wetlands and some of the current studies occurring in the forest, including SPRUCE, the U.S. Department of Energy’s multimillion dollar project concerning climate change. SPRUCE, or Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change, is an experiment designed to monitor the response of northern environments to increased temperatures and carbon dioxide levels.
In addition to visiting Marcell, the class also visited some sites for the other research project concerning mining in the St. Louis River Basin. The class visited the Hull-Rust-Mahoning open iron mine in Hibbing to observe the incredible amount of material moved by a single mining operation.
Post contributed by Alison Agather, ’13 (Chemistry and ES)