Krasny Vrch Biodiversity

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Anatomy of Volcanic-Magmatic-Plutonic Systems

Thanks to a grant funded by the NFS (National Science Foundation) six people from NMHU (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 a total of 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. 

Bohemian Glass Work

While in the Czech Republic, during the beginning of our trip, we got to visit two glass blowing studios. One place was strictly glass blowing, the other was a mix between a restaurant and glass studio. Terence Garcia and Jacob Erickson also got to blow their own glass. Both of the locations are located around Nový Bor, Czech Republic. 

Our team spent a lot of time at this location drilling core samples, sketching the quarry, and also some time conducting 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, spent a lot of time at the field site sketching it out, 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 us to help further our research on the field site, by collaborating with us under their own specialized medium.

A Trip To The Eager Rift System


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For years, scientists thought volcanos erupted primarily from the top through a single, central, feeder conduit. With the use of new technology, NMHU geology students are generating data that shows how volcanos also erupt laterally – not just vertically – in eruptions that are sometimes more destructive. This video documents the process involved in this type of  research. 

One of the points that was illustrated to us that we needed to capture via photography and video, was the biodiversity at the field site. During an afternoon, Jacob and Terence took Hanza (museum curator at Museum Karlovy Vary) out to the field site for an interview about the life that is present there. This video will be used, in part, for a defense to the government about protecting and regulating the land at Krasny Vrch.

The entirety of the trip wasn't solely focused around the work being conducted at Krasny Vrch; along with that work we spent some 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 city, learning about the history and culture of these foreign places. 

Below is a rather large photo gallery, showing off various aspects of our trip, so please take a look!

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IRES Czech Republic Summer 2018

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Valeč Rodent Fossil Video

We had the opportunity to interview a professor of Paleontology from Charles University in Prague, Cz. In this video he talks about a rodent fossil that was discovered near Valeč, Czech Republic. The discovery of this fossil changed the face of paleontology. This video was played for the 100 year anniversary of the Czech Geological Survey, is housed in the Museum Karlovy Vary, and is also at the museum located in Valeč (where the fossil was discovered).