23 March, 2009

A geologist fully equipped for fieldwork

Work is ok. Still a bit stressed but now putting data points on the maps. Once that is done I'll return outside in 3 or 4 days to document in more details some good outcrops.

The foto is me fully equipped for work outside when there is good weather. Sorry for erasing my face. I'm not that extroverted, yet. How do you look like fully equipped?

Me ready to go to work

19 March, 2009

Flowers of spring

The weather this week has been very nice. The first signs of spring have definitly arrived. Here are some fotos I shot in the last two days of some nice flowers.




P.S. I don't know much about botany, I don't know their names nor what exactly they are. Any ideas?

15 March, 2009

A day off

Sunday. No work. Basicly I should be outside using the good weather to map but I've been walking on my last leg in the recent days. So not to get totally exhausted I'm going to make sunday a free day today. Maybe just do some small things for the map working on the desk. Like adding more points and compiling a content for the report or visit the local town museum that has a small but nice exhibition on the local geology. On the side of the good news is that I received an confirmation email that I am now an official Student Member of the Society of Economic Geologists! Yay! That makes me the only one at my entire university - I think.

06 March, 2009

Did I mention I hate snow?

Did I? I think so. It has been raining and snowing since yesterday but I was still able to do some mapping. Tonight the snowline dropped far below 400 m combined with continued rain and snow since yesterday. Great! Forecasts predicted up to 46 liters of precipitation in the form of rain and snow within 24 hours. I hate snow! Maybe saturday will be better but imagine how everything will have turned into mud by then. My work trousers already changed their color from green to mud brown, the car is also speckled with mud from the forest tracks.

Today's view from my room.

03 March, 2009

Work conditions and a goat

Work conditions are not always so perfect here. The outcrops are usually of decent quality but moving only 5 to 10 m away quickly changes the situation. Rare float is the best one gets but not even that is easy to find. Apart of that all I map is dirt; brown clay. Very ugly stuff especially when wet after a rain shower. The limestone here has, at least close to the quarries, about 0.5 to 1 m of dirt on top of it. A meter is usually enough to not find any float anymore. Well, my brain is pretty drained after today's tour. Some fotos of the work conditions...

The woods

The upper part of the topsoil. Not a single rock to be found. The pebble you see is from the road cover.

Upper soil profile

A curious goat kept me company for some minutes. Very curious about my work and kind enough to let me take a foto for memory.

A goat

02 March, 2009

A View East

While mapping I also take a lot of unrelated fotos as I am advancing. Saturday when having reached the southern most point of that day's route the below view unfolded for me. The little town is nestled in a valley of the foothills of the Rhine Valley. The mountains of the Black Forrest can be seen as beautiful scenery in the background.

Sunday I took a day off to relax and visit a castle and town close-by. I had a great view into the French Vosges mountains arising behind the Rhine river on the horizon. So far I mapped a bit more than 3 km2 on Friday and Saturday. Today was rather rainy and after documenting a previously missed-out quarry I quickly headed back into my flat again - the weather was just too awful.

On a side note my motivation still needs treatment on the intensive care station but doctors believe it is going to live on though recovering may take a few more weeks or month. Maybe I will apply for doing a thesis with a company. It's a bit tricky as I don't like to buy the pig in the poke but someone recommended applying with Knauf Gips (a large producer of limestone and gypsum for construction purposes) and other companies of the branch. We will see...