Group One's Page

Middle School Members: Anuraag Argawal, Trey Harris, Kacey Courtney, Dalton Seitzinger

Mentors: Chris, Stacy, Rachel

Instructions: Create your group daily WIKI journal by typing in text and incorporating images and/or links as appropriate. Consider the the following questions in your journal:
1) What is today's theme?
2) What do you like the most about today's program?
3) What have you learned from today about geosciences/
4) What can I apply from today's learning? (to everyday life, to share with your friends or parents, etc.)

Day 1 - June 14

Yates Mill's Waypoint is 005 and the latitude line is N 35* 43.079', W 078* 41.175. Yates Mil is 250 years old. Hurricane Fran wiped out the original dam at Yates Mill in 1996. Leucogneiss rock is found at Yates Mill. We also went to the Museum of Natural Sciences. We found out that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old. Metamorphic rocks are found near the mountains, and igneous near the bottom. About half of North Carolina is sandstone. In the ocean the crust is thinnest, but we haven't gotten there yet. We also looked at gem exhibits. Spherical minerals are a lot more interesting than plain slabs.

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Yates Mill
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Earth's Crust Rock Cycle Rock Cycle

Yates Mill

Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh

Day 2 - June 15

Today we learned:
Types of rocks, we stayed around the campus we learned how to work with the GPS units. Our main project was to map garden-like sitting areas on campus. Several types of materials are use to make and decorate the benches and sitting areas. The amphitheatre was mostly made out of a type of granite for decorative purposes people use shiest folded quarts veins. That was there part in the field. When we came back to Poe hall we learned how to use Google Earth and we did presentations on the different areas we went to today. We liked how we got to explore the campus. When we were exploring, we found a graffiti tunnel. There are many kinds of rocks that have been used on campus.




Day 3 - June 16​​

Today we went to William B. Umstead State park. We studied rocks that we came across and knew were in place. In this area there was a very big supply of quartz and Granite. The quartz was found in various locations around the park, but the granite was found near the river, and was used to make a dam for a mill a little while back. We talked about the definition of science. The definition we came up with was: ‘The study of living and nonliving things, a way to improve human race. Science is the lead to discovery and the scientific method consists of these steps: observing, hypothesizing, predicting, analyzing, experimenting, and concluding. We were trying to test the hypothesis of whether the outcrop was on a fault line or not. At first it seemed to be part of the fault line but further investigation lead us to believe that this what not leucogneiss but it was granite, because of the fact it was not magnetic. The color appeared to be a mixture of a tan and black color but with some prying we found that the tan was caked on mud, dried to look like part of the rock. The rock itself was around the color of graphite due to weathering. At one of the stops, we found a location that the rock composition reminded me of Boone, NC, with the coloring and the make-up of the rock. At this location the rock seemed to be weathered by the water that ran over it but some parts were still visible, even though there were crevices in it. At that location we found “Timmy the Turtle” which leaves me to believe that this stone could be a natural habitat for many kinds of animals. During some exploring on campus, we found some boulders of leucogneiss, which appear to lie within the fault zone after plotting our waypoints into ArcGIS Explorer.


Trey and Dalton near the second coolest car in the world.

Geology lesson at Umstead State Park.


Maps created using ArcGIS Explorer

Day 4 - June 17

Today our group learned about Reedy Creek restoration, storm water engineering, hydrology, and the importance of the vegetation to prevent erosion. When we got back to the classroom, we went on a USGS website ( Using this website we answered questions about stream discharges and flooding. For the career planning Anuraag wanted to be a civil engineer, Dalton wanted to be a game designer, and Trey wanted to be an electric engineer. We used the Student Kit Worksheet to understand what steps we should take to get a good job. We also used the laptops to research more information about our jobs.


This was a stop today, it is a retention pond, to the right there is a tennis court, to the front a parking lot and to the left, a motor spot.DSC00166.JPG .
In this picture we found a very big outcrop of Leucogneiss, in this picture, Leucogneiss, Logan, TJ, Ryan and Kevin.

Day 5 - June 18

Final thoughts about our GIMS Program or the summer camp?
This morning our group went straight outside after everyone in the group came. On our walk we interviewed about 10 people that passed by. We asked them 3 questions about the fault zone and local geologic materials in buildings. Trey was the one interviewing the students and staff at first then Dalton finished up the job. When we got back to the room we started on the poster board. It took the group a total of about 11 hours. The poster for the presentation was finally finished at around 3:00pm.

On our poster board, we decorated, colored, and put many pictures and diagrams on it. Anuraag, Dalton, Kacey, and Tray all did a part of the work for the poster board. Also, everyone had a job while interviewing and finding garden areas. The 15 people we interviewed helped and we displayed it on our poster board.