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Femion » Chebucto Head

Chebucto Head

October 14th, 2006

Yesterday was the final DISP field trip of the fall, to Chebucto head. Apparently it was an Earth Sciences field trip, but we spent the entire time collecting data on species cover and diversity, so it’s a bit hard to call it that. Perhaps they just didn’t want so many freshmen trampling over fragile ecosystems and didn’t want the rest of the class to know that they were missing out on something.
Or maybe Milton loves us.
I should probably stop calling him Milton and get Prof. Graves stuck in my head. Joi calls him professor Milton, which confuses me even more.
Well, non-earth sci dispers, you sure missed out on a lot. You missed out on being able to scratch your heads as you try to tell the difference between five types of grass and the chance to accidently get one of your legs stuck thigh-high in swamp (I lucked out, unfortunately).
Seriously, it was a fun trip.

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We’re lookin’ at some lichen (on exposed rock).
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A long time ago, Nova Scotia was covered by ice. Then that ice melted and slid off into the atlantic ocean. As it did, it took a lot of soil as a souvenir, so there are many places where the bedrock is exposed or the soil cover isn’t very deep. Glaciers also leave little pockmarks like ice leaves pot holes, which become giant rain puddles with no drainage. We end up with environments without very many nutrients, so plants (like this pitcher plant) have to add a little meat to their diet and digest insects for the nitrogen.
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Joi and LanaReplacement (aka Zach). I wish I knew what they were so thumb-upish about.

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