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Earth, Life, and Time Field Trips

Every semester, students in ELT go on a variety of different field trips. These are part of the ELT colloquium. Here are some photos from past field trip activities.

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What would the natural environment of Prince Georges County, Maryland, look like without development? A trip to the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary gives us a glimpse, and helps us to understand the processes of erosion, deposition, stream flow, tides, and plant growth that control the landforms around us.

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Along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay are some of the best outcrops of Miocene Epoch sediments, containing the fossils of shark teeth, sea shells, and the occasional land mammal. A stop at Chesapeake Beach and every student can find fossils in their natural setting.

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A very special opportunity: a small fossil whale skeleton is discovered eroding out of a Chesapeake Bay cliff face! Earth, Life & Time and Department of Geology students come out to recover this rare fossil.

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Sideling Hill is a slice through rocks from the Mississippian Period. Students can see what 350 million years of lithification, folding, faulting, erosion, and excavation can do to a wetlands environment.

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Let's hit the beach! Outcrops of the Oriskany Sandstone and the Keyser Limestone near Sideling Hill are great opportunities for students to see rocks and fossils in place.

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The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History has some of the most extensive paleontological, geological, and anthropological collections on the planet. A world-class museum just down the Green Line on the Metro. (And many ELT sophomores have done their practicum projects there!)

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As a long one-day trip or an overnight excursion, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City gives students an opportunity to see some of the best vertebrate fossils anywhere, and wealth of other exhibits.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City lets students examine up close art and artifacts from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia through modern times.

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Wildlife from around the world in the middle of Washington, D.C. The National Zoological Park is a great spot for a field trip (and not a bad place to go to get away from campus once in awhile, too).

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Fossil hunting in western Virginia and West Virigina.

Natural History and the arts met when ELT went to Ford's Theatre to see Inherit the Wind.

Last modified: 10 June 2003