Weekly Dispatch 03/2016

Back from the first week of field camp out near Burns, OR. I didn’t shoot much video while out there, have to do more the next time. Fun trip – mapping was much more enjoyable this go round, not feeling rushed or overwhelmed with difficult hiking conditions. I’ll be out in Harney Co. twice more in the coming weeks, one week for another field camp session, and the other to start looking seriously at some hot springs. I was able to collect data on a few springs within the quad we are mapping in, but none have been hot springs so far. Learning a ton, and having fun, couldn’t ask for more.

Had a bit of “lack of quiet” shock when I got back. The first day was overwhelming, but I feel back on track now. I’ve been working on vids, chilling with Mary,  catching up on artwork, and trying to finish out Season 6 of Game of Thrones. I’m halfway through – The Door episode was so very well done. Wow. Oh, and… Brienne and Tormund forever!

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This week we’ve been processing some of the rock samples we brought back. We used the Braun Chipmunk to crush the rocks, then sieved the chunks to 991-425 micrometers, then we had to pick out individual feldspar crystals under the scope, and mount them on sticky tape to embed in epoxy. Next week we will cut billets for thin sections, polish the epoxy and view under SEM. We are trying to determine if our samples are Rattlesnake Ash Flow Tuff or Dinner Creek Ash Flow Tuff. Since there are only four of us in field camp it’s very hands on, which is nice. Feel like i’m really getting the hang of this – at least until next week 🙂

Crushing rock samples with the Braun Chipmunk.
Crushing rock samples with the Braun Chipmunk.
Sieving the rocks samples.
Sieving the rocks samples.
Dinner Creek tuff under the scope, picking out the individual plag. crystals with tweezers.
Dinner Creek tuff under the scope, picking out the individual plag. crystals with tweezers.
Sieves
Sieves
Harrowing! Tweezing 1/2 mm sized crystals into tiny cup.
Harrowing! Tweezing 1/2 mm sized crystals into tiny cup.
All crystals in place
All crystals in place
Placing individual crystals in the curing cup. One sample per quadrant, with an ideal Rattlesnake plag. in center
Placing individual crystals in the curing cup. One sample per quadrant, with an ideal Rattlesnake plag. in center
Epoxy used to set crystals
Epoxy used to set crystals
Epoxy mix formula
Epoxy mix formula
Stirring the epoxy mix
Stirring the epoxy mix
Crystals set to cure in epoxy
Crystals set to cure in epoxy

That’s about it for now. Looking forward to visiting with my sister and Dan later in the week, and going to the B-52s show next weekend! Yes!

See you next week!