SMR Aggregrates Field Trip
Our SEGS field trip to SMR Aggregates is fully subscribed and registration is now closed.
Also, we are changing the venue of our Friday evening meeting. Our original plan was to meet at the Cock and Bull but they have changed their operation and now cater to a college crowd – not conducive to our needs. So… we will meet at the Linger Lodge – located on the Beautiful Braden River.
SEGS member Ed Rectenwald will talk to us about a well recently drilled into the Cretaceous in Polk County. As I understand it the well was originally planned as part of a carbon capture and storage demonstration project. That project was scrapped and the well is being used as a deep injection well for wastewater from a power plant.
Let’s plan to start gathering 6:00 pm so we can order meals at about 6:45 with Ed Rectenwald’s presentation to follow. I understand that Ed plans to bring cores!!
A couple of reminders; The Saturday Morning 9 November meeting place will be the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express – 5464 Lena Road, Bradenton – 941.755.0055. We will depart hotel parking lot at 8:00 so we can be at SMR Aggregates at 8:30.
The Linger Lodge address and contact information – and driving directions follow:
Linger Lodge Restaurant and Campground
7205 85th St Ct East
Bradenton, FL 34202
From I-75 south take exit 217 West – take Hwy 70 west. At second stop light take a left onto Tara Blvd. Drive to the end of Tara Blvd approximately 2 miles. At the stop sign, take a left onto Linger Lodge Road. Drive to end of Linger Lodge Road approximately 1 mile. At the stop sign take a right onto 85th Street Court East. Drive approximately 2 blocks and enter our parking lot.
From I-75 north take exit 217 East – take Hwy 70 east. Take the first right after exiting the ramp (Ranch Lake Blvd). Follow Ranch Lake Blvd until it dead ends into Linger Lodge Road. Take a left onto Linger Lodge Road. Drive to end of Linger Lodge Road about ¼ mile, at the stop sign take a right onto 85th Street Court East. Drive approximately 2 blocks and enter our parking lot.
2013 Summer Newsletter
- We Have a Motto
- Recap of Central Florida Sand Field Trip
- Coming in October: Quarternary Stratigraphy Field Trip
- Coming in November: Field Trip to SMR Aggregates, Sarasota, FL
- Natalie Whitcomb Receives GCAGS 2013 Outstanding Educator Award
- New Books
- Parting Comments
Natalie Whitcomb Receives GCAGS 2013 Outstanding Educator Award
Our very own Natalie Whitcomb has been selected as the 2013 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies’ Outstanding Educator Award. The citation states in part,
“She is recognized by her college, students, community and geological society as an exceptional classroom teacher, as well as an enthusiastic and innovative educator whose work and encouragement has brought together schools and community leaders to promote the knowledge and application of geosciences among citizens, resource managers and other educators.In addition to teaching a heavy load of geoscience courses at her college, Natalie has developed highly successful extracurricular programs with an emphasis on field-based experience, that ignite interest in the geosciences in her students, many of whom would otherwise have little aspiration toward STEM subjects. …”
The Outstanding Educator Award will be presented at the GCAGS 2013 Annual Convention in New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, October 6th. The venue for the awards ceremony and convention is the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street.
Congratulations Natalie on a job well done! As stated in our constitution,the mission of the SEGS is “To advance the science of geology for the membership and the communities of the membership….” The future of our organization and our world depends on our young citizens and we appreciate Natalie’s efforts in introducing them to the earth sciences.
SEGS members contribute to our understanding of Florida’s history
University of Florida researchers described a new genus and species of extinct saber-toothed cat from Polk County, Fla. The species, Rhizosmilodon fiteae, was named after SEGS member Barbara Fite of Lutz, Fla., who in 2011 donated one of the critical specimens used for the new description and allowed UF scientists to make casts of two other partial jaws in her collection. The donation was a major contribution to the research because the remarkably well-preserved lower jaw contains almost pristine examples of all three chewing teeth. Read more on the Florida Museum of Natural History page: