The Geography Club had its first outing on Saturday, March 31st. Eight undergraduate geography students piled into two cars and hit the road to explore some of the landscape features of Denton County with student-manufactured field guide in hand. First stop on the field excursion -- Rayzor Ranch, where the club collected and identified lower Cretaceous fossils (oysters, turrelites, and scallops) examined tumbleweed and pondered on the site’s future development. From there, the group headed to Cardo’s Farm Project in Ponder, where Tristan Bynum, a member of the club and an intern at the farm, showed off a heavy-duty solar oven, hen houses, green houses, farm class rooms and vegetable gardens. The group learned about the farm’s history and how it involves people in their farming project. The third and final destination was an inspiring point on Denton’s landscape and a place where regional culture, Cross Timber ecology, and Woodbine sandstone geology come together, or as club member Michael Hunter put it, “thick groves of trees and sandstone summit, the knob has mirrored the story of the west itself, of a wildness lost to development, and of a time being more and more forgotten.” All in all, the excursion lasted four hours and everyone agreed it was a successful day of exploration of the fascinating geography around UNT.
Geography Club meets every Thursday from 2-3pm in ENV 209. New members are always welcome.
Tumbleweed in a gulley
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Green house at Cardo’s farm project
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