MSU Paleoecology Lab Pollen Processing Recipe -- The Basics
|shades of mud - samples in 15mL falcon tubes during pollen processing|
Step Two - sieve to get rid of macro-material
Step Three - apply HCl to get rid of carbonates
Step Four - apply HF (WARNING: very nasty stuff) to get rid of silicates
Step Five - perform acetolysis to get rid of humic material
Step Six - apply alcohol and store in teeny vials with silicon oil
|lab manager Caitlyn Florentine smiles after an explanation of acetolysis|
Alright, so it is not quite that simple. But essentially these are the steps involved in turning mud into a pollen record that may be interpreted as vegetation history at our sites.
And while Mud yields Pollen..........
...........Fire yields Smoke
|WunderMap showing fire activity and smoke in the Montana and Idaho regions. Check it out here.|
NASA Earth Observatory has also been posting a lot of fire-related satellite images in their Weekly Natural Hazards updates this summer. Check out this image from the Salmon, Idaho area:
|Photo credits: NASA Earth Observatory. See here.|