Category: UM LacCore Lab

Macrofossil Poster

By , March 14, 2013
Macrofossils of Bang Lake in Carlton County

Macrofossils of Bang Lake in Carlton County

Diatom Poster

By , March 14, 2013
Diatom Poster

Diatom Poster

Phytolith Posters

By , March 14, 2013
Phytolith Poster

Phytolith Poster

Students design T-shirts as they continue their study with LacCore

By , February 3, 2013

redshirtwlogoFrontMacrofossilgreenshirtFront copydiatom2Tshirtdesign_blackshirtFrontFINAL copyStudents continued their study of Bang Lake’s macrofossils, phytoliths and diatoms. Identyfication with continued clarification by LacCore scientists is building on a becoming familiar with the different terms through hands on learning.

T-shirt designs were created by each group. Groups will share what they each learn to the entire group weekly. A large poster of the Bang Lake core is being developed which will include not only what each group finds in their core but the oral tradition and stories of events at or near Bang Lake.

biboon 2010 Lake Team 4 to LacCore

By , February 1, 2011

A number of tests need to be completed once a core has been collected. Students were trained and worked with grad students at the LacCore lab as they prepared and studied the cores. Once they had gathered their data the UM stores the cores for future study. Students worked for most of the day Saturday completing tests on the core collected a few weeks earlier on the Fond du Lac Reservation. Information is shared with the Natural Resources scientists. This work demonstrates to students that they could be part of the scientific educational community should they choose to do so.

Students clean up half the core before examining for macro-fossils.

Looking for diatoms and phytoliths with high power microscopes.

A surgical saw is used to cut open the plastic tube around the core.

Highly accurate color photo of core is helpful for remembering.

Moving the core carefully in a busy lab takes two.

Glacier National Park

By , July 11, 2010

Driving through Glacier National Park was amazing! Most of us had never been in mountains like these. After driving “The Road to the Sun” we met up with LacCore Scientists to core at Many Glacier.

Lake Team 2 Core Perch Lake

By , July 1, 2010


Lake Team 3 Cores DeadFish

By , May 1, 2010

biboon 2010

By , January 23, 2010

During the gidakiimanaaniwigamig biboon January 2010 camp manoomin Lake Team #1 went out onto Perch Lake and collected a number of cores. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students Professors, University of Minnesota Scientists, as well as gidakiimanaaniwigamig students and teachers worked together for the better part of the morning.

After noon a core was cut open for all those attending camp to examine more closely. Two students are incorporating what they are doing with the manoomin project  to their Science Fair project. (One of the students found whole pine cones!)


Lake Team #1 students and gidakiimanaaniwigamig staff/teachers plan to travel down to the LaCore labs to further examine the cores scientifically. Information will be shared with the Fond du Lac Natural Resources Dept and the LaCore Lab.

Lake Team spent Saturday, February 28th at the UM LacCore labs working with the cores collected from Perch Lake during the month of January 2010. Students were trained to use many of the instruments and equipment allowing them to cut open the cores, measure density, observe and identify plant materials found in the core.

It was estimated that the small pine cones that Morgan found during camp in January were 9,000-10,000 years old.


gidakiimanaaniwigamig Fall Camp

By , October 21, 2009

Fall Camp was be held November 13-14 beginning with the manoomin Feast, Friday evening, 6PM at the FDLTCC.  After the feast all students and teachers were carried over to the Cloquet Forestry to participate in a variety of activities including initial introduction of the manoomin project, Science Fair research and development, Landscape drawing and the study of 19th Century American painting (Manifest Destiny), the science behind why leaves change color in the fall as well as observing the natural landscape for evidence of animals. Students stayed through dinner Saturday night. See Holly Pellerin at 218-879-0757 for more information concerning camp.

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