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A technician sits at a computer while running a sediment core through the Geotek.
June 28, 2017

FBGC Lab - Core Scanning

A technician sits at a computer while running a sediment core through the Geotek.

A team of scientists prepares to board their core collecting platform
June 28, 2017

Nomini Bay, VA

A team of scientists prepare to collect cores from the Nomini Bay, VA.

A lab technician swirls samples in a watch glass to assist in extracting pollen
June 27, 2017

Pollen Lab, FBGC

Tom Sheehan, a lab technician at the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, swirls a sample in a watch glass to assist in separating pollen from heavier mineral material.

Picture of the burned area within the Great Dismal Swamp
March 21, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp Burn Area, March 2017

USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years. 

The USGS is working with the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on this effort. Learn more: https://www2.usgs.gov/climate_landuse/

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Living up to it's name, this picture shows the interior of the Great Dismal Swamp
March 21, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp, March 2017

Centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting resources have greatly altered the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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USGS scientists inspect a sediment core from Bearsden Pond near the Fredericks Hall fault
December 31, 2016

Sediment Core from Bearsden Pond

USGS Research Geologist Jessica Rodysill and USGS-NAGT Student Intern Kristen Steele inspect a sediment core from Bearsden Pond near the Fredericks Hall fault, one of three subsidiary faults that broke in response to slip along the main Quail fault on 23 August 2011 during the M5.8 earthquake.  This research is a collaborative project between the USGS Land Use Mission Area

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Corals collected from the base of the Canetrap Formation. The corals are growing on disarticulated oyster and scallop shells.
August 16, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil

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A unit at the base of the Canepatch Formation with many shells encased in dense estuarine clay.
July 28, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil

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A nearshore shell hash deposit from the Socastee Formation.
July 28, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil

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Scientists sit on ground with eocene hyperthermal core samples
June 19, 2016

Eocene Hyperthermals - Core Samples

Scientists sit on the ground with core samples

A Russian corer set lays laid out on the floor
April 20, 2016

Pollen Lab Field Gear

This gear, known as a Russian corer, is commonly used to extract sediment cores from field sites. 

A lab technician sieves a sample in the pollen lab
April 19, 2016

Sieving a Sample to Extract Pollen, Pollen Laboratory

In this photo, a lab technician sieves a sample to get rid of fine minerals (such as clay).