We have just finished the first week of the Field School’s geology module, taught by Dr. Chris Lepre of Rutgers University. Studying geology means lots of time spent out in the field and the students began with a lab exercise examining local stratigraphy (rock layers).
TBI-Turkwel sits on the Nachukui Formation, famous for its rich archaeological and paleoanthropological sites. Students traveled just outside the compound to explore and draw stratigraphic profiles.
Students worked in groups to complete their stratigraphic profiles, making sure to include the Lokochot Tuff, a layer of volcanic ash used for dating. Students had to identify, describe, and measure the various rock layers present in the formation.
Students used a Jacob’s staff to measure rock layers and then used lecture material to identify each layer before drawing everything out on paper.
This lab exercise was a great hands-on introduction to the geology module and the students used their new knowledge and skills during the overnight trip to Lothagam – more on that coming soon!