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Earth Science Seminar - Fall Semester Field Trips

"2015 Earth and Environmental Science Field Courses – Big Bend Texas, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons" presented by Chad Heinzel, Lee Potter and Alexa Sedlacek, Department of Earth Science. UNI students regularly take part in trips that take them to diverse geological, ecological and cultural locations. In August and November two such trips are planned which will allow UNI students to learn about and experience unique locations. Find out what you can expect during such a trip in this presentation given by the faculty members who will lead the students to Texas and Wyoming (as well as various places on the way).

Earth Science Seminar: Green Iowa AmeriCorp Opportunties

Carmen Finken will provide information about Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a non-profit organization that is committed to helping Iowans become more energy efficient through low-impact home weatherization, energy education and community outreach. The organization was founded in 2009 to address conservation and sustainable usage of energy resources in several Iowa communities as they struggled to rebuild from the devastating floods of 2008. Since then, Green Iowa has expanded to six sites across eastern Iowa, with the primary focus being on free, home energy audits. Other involvement in the community includes deconstruction projects, creating energy educational programs for all ages and assisting in the development of energy-related community events.

Earth Science Seminar: Northeast Iowa's Geological Resources

Ryan J. Clark, P. G., Iowa Geological Survey, will present "Introduction to the Northeast Iowa Intrusive Complex (NEIIC) and the Potential for Economic Mineral Deposits." As the use of technology increases the need for precious, and potentially rare, minerals is becoming more vital, the federal government has made it clear that finding domestic sources of these minerals is necessary to achieve independence from nations that currently hold the majority of the resources. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has identified the NEIIC as one of the most promising areas of potentially mining these minerals. The USGS has recently conducted high-resolution, airborne surveys of the area near Decorah in Winneshiek County in an attempt to better understand the potential deposits lying deep underground. This presentation will provide a general overview of the previous work done on this area followed by an update on the results of the recent work completed by the USGS.


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