Thanks to a grant funded by the National Science Foundation six people from New Mexico Highlands University, composed of four graduate students (two from the Media Arts department who documented the trip and two geology students), one mentor, and one professor had the opportunity to journey to the Czech Republic, Summer 2018. This trip lasted five weeks, with the purpose of continuing to study dormant volcanoes within the Eager Rift system of the Czech Republic. The majority of the trip was based in the town of Ostrov, CZ in order to be close to our field site, the Krasny Vrch quarry.
A Trip To The Eager Rift System
The team drilled core samples, sketched the quarry, and conducted lab work in Prague. These samples are planned to be taken back to the lab at NMHU in Las Vegas, NM for further study.
NMHU graduate student Sindy Lauricella sketched the site, with an eye for minute detail. This quarry will be the focus of her master's project, so she was excited to get to draw this quarry out on paper for further study back home.
Along with the work that NMHU geology graduate students conducted, a group of foreign geophysics students worked alongside to help further research on the field site by collaborating with us under their own specialized research area.
The entirety of the trip wasn't focused solely on the work being conducted at Krasny Vrch. Along with that work we spent time scouting out future potential field sites, visiting with geology professionals from different countries, conducting interview and video work with professors and professionals in the education scene, and even getting the opportunity to tour other countries for a few days. The Media Arts students traveled to Budapest and Vienna for three days each, checking out the cities, learning about the history and culture of these foreign places.
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