Hello everyone my name is Jose Lopez. I am a member of the BETA Team. My experience of working on this project has been fantastic. I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest professors. My fellow research partners and friends have made this the best experience ever. Throughout these weeks I have learned so much new information from Geology and Chemistry. I have also experienced both the lab and field work in this research project. I had my first field experience with this group. We went to Rockford, Iowa to collect rocks and fossils. What an amazing day I remember feeling really tired after hours of measurements, rock and fossil collecting.
Currently I am in the “Geology Group.” In this group the team has cleaned and polished the rocks. I ended up cutting rocks with the rock saw that the Earth Science Department has. It was intimidating at first but I managed to cut up the rock samples. After cutting the rocks the team had to polish the samples to give them a nice shine, in some samples you can actually see some fossils.
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