IU EAS X429 faculty members Page Quinton and Michael Rygel receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) research grant
During the next three years the research will involve field work around the Judson Mead Geologic Field Station in Montana and in the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas to study the relationship between sea level and the carbon cycle.
The carbon cycle directly correlates to the amount of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere. However, the record of atmospheric carbon preserved in rocks is complicated by other factors like depositional setting, This research looks at both depositional processes and climate change in two different Paleozoic carbonate-rich sequences to build a better understanding of Earth’s changing climate through geologic time. Quinton and Rygel will integrate this research into their teaching at IUGFS. The data from field work in Montana will become part of their sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy concentration in EAS X429.
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