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Moss Rock Preserve

Took my physical geography class up to Moss Rock Preserve to check out the Fort Payne sandstone glades. There are some really nice old growth longleaf pine up there as well as very old looking virginia pines and some blackjack oak. There are some great waterfalls in the park as well.

Temporal and spatial patterns of sedimentation within the batture lands of the middle Mississippi River, USA

Another cool article led by our collaborator Jon Remo at SIU as part of our Mississippi River flood ring project. It explores the spatiotemporal patterns, rates, and volume of sedimentation within the batture lands along the middle Mississippi River (MMR; between the confluence of the Missouri and Ohio rivers) using several approaches including dendrogeomorphological methods.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.02.010  

Letourneau Woods, KY

James and I went up to southwestern Kentucky to sample a bottomland hardwood site for our Mississippi River flood ring project. There were some really nice overcup oak in there but most were not nearly as old as we had hoped. Still an amazing bottomland site and glad KY is protecting it.

Bucks Pocket

  James and I went up to Bucks Pocket State Park to sample white oak for flood scars for the Tennessee River paleoflood project we are part of. It was just what you would expect in July in Alabama-hot and sweaty! But we made a great collection that is going to result in some really

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The search for Fort Armstrong: Dendroarchaeology of the Williamson “Snow Hill” Plantation, Cherokee County, Alabama, USA

Discussed this project in an earlier post. Matt Gage from the UA Office of Archaeological Research and I carried out some tree-ring dating on three historical log buildings in northeastern Alabama to determine if any of the structures could have been associated with historic Fort Armstrong. Fort Armstrong was constructed near Cedar Bluff, Alabama by militia members under

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Cane Creek Canyon

  Took my physical geography class up to Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and had about the best hike of my entire life thanks to Dr. Jim Lacefield. Jim and wife Faye are the owners of Cane Creek and Jim is the author of the most amazing book on Alabama geology (Lost Worlds in Alabama

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Ancient Red Cedar

Went up to sample on Redstone Arsenal for our Tennessee River flood project and found some fantastic old Red Cedar (Juniperous virginiana). This sample was 0ver 330 years old when it died (note all the sapwood is gone). Who knows how long it has been sitting here perched on these rocks. perhaps centuries. Once we

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