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Geowriting proposal for class

Posted by Chris Kyler  
Geowriting proposal for class
January 17, 2012 07:54AM
Hello all,

Next Monday I will be assigned a project in which I need to write a proposal, followed up with a paper, on a topic of my choice for a Geowriting course.
The instructor has left the topic base open as anything having to do with geology, meteorology, or geography as it pertains to our own major, mine being a BS in Professional Geology. I have already asked him if I could do a research paper on Mineralogy and have received the green light, but cannot seem to think of a good topic. All i know for sure is that mineralogy and crystallography is what I am most interested in.

I believe I read a post somewhere, possibly here or Jordi Fabre's forum about *I think* the rarity of twinned emeralds, and that sounds like a very interesting topic as Beryl is my favorite crystal.

On topic however, I wanted to know what others would suggest for a good research topic for a Junior undergrad student.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated,
Chris Kyler


*EDIT - after a quick search I found the article, any idea how I could turn this topic into a proposal then a research paper?
[www.mineral-forum.com]



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/17/2012 08:00AM by Chris Kyler.
avatar Re: Geowriting proposal for class
January 17, 2012 10:36AM
Hi
Not knowing where you live, why not simply research a local mine/quarry site near you and write a paper on that. There are so many mines and quarries everywhere where so little is written about the mineralogy amd geology. I think that trying to write soley about emerald twins would prove difficult, although it might be interesting.

Cheers
Re: Geowriting proposal for class
January 17, 2012 01:33PM
Keith Compton Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Hi
> Not knowing where you live, why not simply
> research a local mine/quarry site near you and
> write a paper on that. There are so many mines and
> quarries everywhere where so little is written
> about the mineralogy amd geology. I think that
> trying to write soley about emerald twins would
> prove difficult, although it might be
> interesting.
>
> Cheers

Unfortunately I live in central MS, we have clay and that's about it.
avatar Re: Geowriting proposal for class
January 19, 2012 09:21AM
HI Chris
If I google "mississippi quarries" (after I finally spelt it correctly !!!) there are clearly quarries and mines in your state. Including some with what appears to be interesting archeological interest. Just need to select one of interest and perhaps be as close as possble to where you live.

Mind you I am used to driving over 300 kms round trip just to go to a social dance or perhaps I don't mind driving !!

Surely there must be some areas of mineralogical interest in MS. Doesn't have to be a quarry.

Perhaps there are some interesting geological features that you coould write about and explain/analysis the effects of climate change on the region over time and how that has contributed to the present features and then surmise how that may develop further over time given different climate changes (which would then incorporate the geology and meteorology)

Perhaps a visit to the MS geological survey may provide some assistance - even talk with some of the professional geologist staff there for some ideas. Chat to someone at the MS Geological Society

There are also the lead and zinc deposits of the upper MS valley districts.
Not knowing much about your course, just some suggestions.
Cheers
avatar Re: Geowriting proposal for class
January 19, 2012 01:14PM
    
Hi Chris,

The twinned beryl question seems a bit of a gamble to me. I’m sure part of your grade will depend on how well you made your topic understandable to a non-geologist. You have to cover crystal structure and symmetry as a foundation, then introduce the topic of twinning in crystals. Then you get to the issue of why people are unsure about whether this crystal really is a true twin.

High-tech analysis is big these days, in most any field of geology. Radioactive isotopes or radiogenic isotopes (such as in rare earth elements) in minerals tell us about Earth age and history of rocks exposed at the surface–some came from the mantle, for example, and these isotopes may help you decide their source. Stable isotopes, such as for carbon and oxygen, recovered from sedimentary rocks, and especially from shells of marine organisms, can provide clues about ancient climates and ocean water composition over time. Just writing about those could be a topic in itself. However, you could also add some material about how isotopes are differentiated instrumentally. There are a lot of sources on-line showing photos of the instruments and schematic diagram of the analytical “protocol.” Some theme associated with isotopes would be a “natural” for a prospective mineralogist. You could also write about x-ray crystallography if you want go more with crystallography. And, as Keith suggested, you may be able to go to a lab, perhaps at a university or geological survey office, to see the instrumention. Maybe take a rock you collected and see if someone will run XRD (x-ray diffraction) on it and let you take a copy of the print-out to use as an illustration. That may not be possible, considering people’s schedules, but you never know until you ask. That would knock your teacher’s socks off!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/19/2012 01:16PM by Norman King.
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