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BOB WINTSCH Professor of Geological Sciences | Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Petrology, Tectonics, Geochronology
The more seasoned (mature?) I get, the more
This fall I am teaching a field course where we will
busy I also seem to get. In spite of my years
participate in the New England Intercollegiate Geo-
of service, I do not seem to have atrophied in
logical Conference (New Hampshire-Maine border).

situ. On the contrary, I am having a very busy
Then I have accepted an invitation to China for field
year. I taught my usual introduction to petrolo-
work in hard rock tectonics – around Beijing and in
gy class, G222 in the spring, and led a field trip
the southwest along the Red River shear zone that
across the Appalachians as far as Providence
accommodated the extrusion of Indochina following
RI in May.

the collision of India with Southern Asia. From there I
I then did more fieldwork in New England in the
will go to South Korea to accept another invitation to
summer, on either side of being invited to the
University of Utrecht to work in the rock mechanics lab of Chris
Spiers. Two weeks of great experiences. Jody joined me after that
and we did a little touring including a climb to the highest point
in the Netherlands – a church tower. We also visited museums
in Holland and Belgium including the Van Gough, but also sever-
al battlefields, Napoleon’s Waterloo, and 1st and 2nd WW battle-
use their SHRIMP to date detrital zircons from high-
grade quartzites suspected to be Silurian. I will return
to Bloomington, just barely miss Thanksgiving, but
with this schedule I have opted not to attend either
the GSA or the AGU. I am sure to need a little home
time and a little rest. Wishing you all the best for the
New Year! Bob
fields. Belgium really got beaten up, but had nothing to do with
starting any of those wars!
Images from G420, a regional tectonic field course across the Appalachians from central Pennsylvania to
Boston crossing many suspect terranes. Emphasis was placed on interpreting the rock record.

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