2018 Southeast Friends of the Pleistocene Field Trip


Cross Keys, SC

The 2018 SEFOP field trip will feature the new Earth science known as critical zone science (Jordan et al. 2001). The interdisciplinary Earth and ecological scientists and students of one of the nation’s nine Critical Zone Observatories, the Calhoun CZO, will host the SEFOP, 23-25 February in and around Cross Keys, South Carolina. The field trip will build on the 2017 SEFOP in nearby Spartanburg County and features the critical zone as the geo-eco-system that spans from the atmosphere to the deepest weathering reactions and aquifers; deep weathering profiles studied in detail by geophysics, geochemists, and biogeochemists; a Piedmont landscape that has experienced some of the most serious agricultural erosion in America; a new geomorphological and Hortonian system of interfluve ordering; and a 60-year field experiment of soil change in response to reforestation.

Jordan T, Ashley GM, Barton MD, Burges SJ, Farley KA, Freeman KH, Jeanloz R, Marshall CR, Orcutt JA, Richter FM, Royden LH, Scholz CH, Tyler N, Wilding LP. 2001. Basic Research Opportunities in Earth Science. Washington DC: National Academy Press.

Contacts for 2018 SEFOP: Dan Richter and Will Cook, Duke University, drichter@duke.edu and cwcook@duke.edu, respectively.

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