Are we in the Smith River Allochthon?: A geologic trope through Gladstone

This week I posed as a Gladstone Gladiator (my research advisory cohort of 4 structural geologists) in the Gladstone quadrangle to gain field experience and help with data collection for their USGS EDMAP project. The Gladiators’ goal is to map the 7.5 minute quadrangle’s geologic components over the course of the next year, and my goal was to practice my field methods over the course of a week. There was no diamictite evident, but most rocks exhibited a fair amount of strain and that satisfied my research theme of the summer just fine.

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Week 2: 10 Traps, 24 Terrapins, and 1 Bite

Week 2 began bright and early.  By 8am on Monday I was on my way to Queens Creek, where Professor Chambers and I would place the ten modified crab traps.  These traps were almost identical to the crab pots we saw sitting on the residential docks along the creek.  Ours, however, had tall mesh chimneys protruding from the top.  When the terrapins swim in the openings in the sides of the trap, they are unable to find their way back out.  Our chimneys allow them to come to the surface for air until we record their presence and release them.  We placed the ten traps toward the edge of the creek, attaching them to pieces of wood hammered into the mud so they wouldn’t drift away.

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