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Geology & Geography graduates go to sea

There aren’t many opportunities for Georgia Southern students interested in marine geology to go to sea and get real-world experience.  In the past year, recent geology graduates Albert Killingsworth and Clara Rucker both got that opportunity through research being done at the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory on Skidaway Island.  Between April and December 2014, these two went to sea on multiple cruises of the RV Savannah, where they collected sediment samples from the Georgia continental shelf as part of a sand resources assessment study funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.  While onboard, they also learned about many advanced oceanographic tools used to measure, monitor and assess the physical, chemical and biological status of the oceans. These samples will be analyzed for similarity with beach sands in Georgia, so if beach rebuilding is ever needed following a hurricane, compatible sand resources will already be located.

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DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY • P.O. Box 8149 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0667