laminated soil carbonate field work in Capitol Reef

In September, Ty Huth (red hat) and Ben Passey (olive hat) met up with Amy Ellwein (white hat), Thure Cerling (no hat) and Dave Marchetti (green hat) in the Capitol Reef / Thousand Lakes Plateau area to study and collect laminated soil carbonate rinds.  This is part of an NSF-funded project to examine the use of laminated carbonate rinds for reconstructing late Pleistocene paleoclimate and vegetation distributions.

Ty at the campsite using a diamond-blade wet saw to section a carbonate rind.

Overturned Boulder with Carbonate Rind