The first 2012 CYCLES workshop was held at Lake Itasca, University of Minnesota’s
Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories at Jan 21st. The workshop was for collecting the lake’s sediment core samples at five different locations. The lake core team from University of Minnesota’s Limnology Research Center, LacCore leading by Dr. Amy Mybro helped the CYCLES teachers to collect lake sediment samples over the ice.
The five different locations were chose because of the lake unique topology to understand geological and biological interactions and events that have happened during last 10000 years. It will reveal the long ecological history of the lake when we do the analysis at the next workshop, which will be held in two weeks at the LacCore laboratory at the University of Minnesota at TwinCities.
The following information was found at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Itasca
Lake Itasca is a small glacial lakein the Headwaters area of north central Minnesota. The lake is home to the University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories campus, which offers summer courses and field research work year round. When it was founded the Lake Itasca region was able to boast that it was the juncture of the three great habitats of North America. The Great Plains, the Deciduous Forest of the south, and the Coniferous Forest of the north. To this day, remnants of all three may be observed in the park.The Ojibwe name for “Lake Itasca” was Omashkoozo-zaaga’igan (Elk Lake); this was changed by Henry Schoolcraft to “Itasca”, coined from a combination of the Latin words veritas (“truth”) and caput (“head”).
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