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Archive – December 2013

Tullis Onstott gave a presentation in the Marine Sciences Building at Rutgers University, explaining his recent research and findings in a South African gold mine.
A short video from the History Channel featuring Gerta Keller on evidence of what caused the extinction of dinosaurs
GEO Undergrad Nathan Serota '14 writes in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) on the Princeton 48-Hour Hackathon that took place in November, 2013.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University Congratulates Kirsten L. Karsh on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis.
Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics, recently received a Department of Energy (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) award. Tromp's project has been allocated 100,000,000 processor hours on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer to continue his work on “Global Seismic Tomography Based on Spectral-Element and Adjoint Methods.”
Adventure on the high seas. Hunting for planets outside our solar system. Searching through archives for a lost manuscript. These stories and many others are now available in the pages of the University's annual research magazine,"Discovery: Research at Princeton." Click the Southern Ocean photo to view "Secrets of the Southern Ocean."
This is an invitation to attend the FRS 187: Earth's Environments & Ancient Civilization Student Presentations Program. During the week-long Fall break trip to Cyprus, students engaged in research projects that focused on the interplay between active tectonic landscapes, changing climate, and ancient civilizations. Since returning from break, students have worked in teams to turn their eld data into the research reports, which they will present during the program.
In the freshman seminar, "Earth's Environments and Ancient Civilizations," students study how to use global positioning systems (GPS), archaeological and geological data, geophysical technology, and computer programs to seek and examine the buried remnants of lost civilizations. The course included a trip to Cyprus, where students collected data for final presentations about how ancient civilizations altered the landscape and changed the environment — and vice versa.
In this Freshman Seminar, students learn how to make geological and geophysical field observations, then analyze and model the data to shed light on the interplay between active tectonic landscapes, changing climate, and ancient civilizations. During the fall-break students visit sites of geological and archaeological significance on Cyprus and collect material for subsequent analysis and presentation. Scientific writing is an integral part of this seminar and its assessment.
For the 13 freshmen in Freshman Seminar 187: "Earth's Environments and Ancient Civilizations," the starting point was a difficult scavenger hunt. Prior to their upcoming field trip to Cyprus, students buried cow bones, discarded Belgium blocks from Princeton, chunks of iron, and other objects randomly in the old landfill in order test equipment they will use abroad.