Laura DeMott, PhD student in Earth Sciences and EMPOWER trainee, shares her experiences:
This week, I returned from spending two weeks conducting research at my field area in western Nevada (the Pyramid Lake and Winnemucca Dry Lake basins). I mapped, described, sampled, and photographed (sometimes with a drone!) large outcrops of rock called “tufa towers,” to investigate the formation processes of these unique lake deposits. My field assistant and I saw many amazing rock formations, and even got to see some baby desert animals!