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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Trilobites on Ice

Posted on: Aug. 20, 2019

Students, faculty and alumni of the Earth sciences department recently traveled to Alberta and British Columbia to study glaciers and fossils of the Canadian Rockies. Titled "Trilobites on Ice," the six-day field trip included visits to the Athabasca Glacier, a toe of the largest ice field in the Rockies; the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail, home to various Cambrian strata and trace fossils; and the Cambrian Burgess Shale quarries, containing some of the best examples of Cambrian animal fossils. Participants included Michael Thonis '72, vice chair of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, a member of the A&S Dean's Advisory Board and a longtime supporter of the Earth sciences department.