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VIDEO: ‘Geology Is Wonderful’ Says NAPC 2009 Participant

Stunning outcrops, impressive gastropods and bluegrass music. You didn’t have to attend the North American Paleontological Convention at UC to enjoy this video.

Date: 12/21/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photos By: Video by Stefano Dominici, updates in the upcoming Web site

UC ingot   Missed the field trip to Lexington during the North American Paleontological Convention (NAPC) 2009? Never fear, the spirit of the field trip is clearly evident in this video created by one of the participants, Stefano Dominici.

In June 2009, the University of Cincinnati hosted several hundred paleontologists and other scientists and educators from around the world to discuss their research, science and evolution in the K–12 curriculum and the importance of public science literacy.

Nathan Marshall holds up a visual aid during a fall 2009 field trip.
Master's student Nathan Marshall assists with a visual aid during the fall 2009 field trip while Professor Brett looks on.

Prior to the opening of the convention itself, several field trips were offered so that participants could avail themselves of the world-famous Ordovician strata in the Cincinnati area.

One field trip in particular quickly reached the maximum number of participants: “Depositional Environments and Paleoecology in a Sequence Stratigraphic Context: Upper Ordovician Strata in the Classic Cincinnati Arch Area.”

Led by UC Geology Professor Carlton E. Brett and UC alum Patrick I. McLaughlin, now of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, and with the assistance of current geology student Nathan Marshall, the two-day trip departed from the University of Cincinnati each morning at 8:30 a.m. and returned to campus each evening at about 10 p.m.

Geology is wonderful from on Vimeo.
(This video was created for the upcoming Web site Others will follow on NAPC and all types of geo/paleo settings. Used with permission.)

The leaders promised that the trip would provide an overview of spectacular exposures of Upper Ordovician (~455 to 445 million year old) Lexington Limestone and Cincinnati Group (Edenian, Maysvillian and lower Richmondian).

The field trip participants looked at richly fossiliferous mixed shales, siltstones and limestones; fossils and the environments that formed them. Brett and McLaughlin led discussions on such things as bed formation, storm and seismic processes, biotic responses to sea-level fluctuations and their contributions toward a high-resolution sequence stratigraphic framework.

There were also ample opportunities to collect exceptionally well-preserved Ordovician fossils including brachiopods, mollusks, trilobites and crinoids.

No wonder Stefano Dominici, the video maker, concluded that “Geology is wonderful.” Who wouldn’t?