what i discovered today

research at the phd level

Tuesday 28 April, 2009 April 28, 2009

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Today was a remarkably productive day, at least it felt that way, but in retrospect I did not finish many of the things that I wanted to.

I did not get a chance to work on the article for ASAAH, which I want done by the end of next week, nor did I get my requisite hour with A&Z.

However, I did do a lot of reading, and it was interesting.  I also signed on to proofread this Moravian thing for Katia.

  • Freshwater reservoir effect — learned a bit more about this, though there seems to be very little done with volcanic activity — though I suspect that this New Zealand paper I am going to read tomorrow will help me out.  What I read today focused on other things that could cause the FRE — “hard water” effects, breakdown of animals, trapping of water under ice, etc.
  • Greenlandic tephras — read a paper about Holocene tephras in marine records, which led to me corresponding with someone at INSTAAR about the size of the tephras.  The paper noted that the tephras had been carried by melting glaciers and deposited some time after their original fall.  This was pretty interesting to me as of course I am interested in tephra deposition as it relates to snowfall/perennial ice and snow/melting glaciation.
  • Norse/Native American interaction — a long paper, but definitely worth it, actually quite well written (Shock!) and very engaging.  It reviewed literally every thing that could indicate contact between these two groups.  Made the point that — and I think McGovern made it first — when Norse met Native American, it was not a clash of technology vs primitive or anything similar, Norse had metals but beyond that were just as primitive as Native Americans.  Was very interested to learn about the existence of the Maine coin that is a Norse coin found in Maine… that is pretty cool.