Field Trips by Ellin Beltz

Self-guided field trips to Lake Michigan.

by students of Northeastern Illinois University - Geology Resources and Environment 123 - Spring, 2000
See how far down you have to dig to hit ground water, a pebble beach in the City, deposition/erosion and more in this fascinating glimpse of 124 students' interactions with our local landscape. Photos from March/April, 2000. Page created April, 2000.

Part I: Observe the Lake.

Small waves and gull
Lisa Do. Small waves and gull looking south to a sand spit.
Ripple marks under water
Kiennesha Eades. Ripples under gentle waves.
Ripples in dry sand
Kiennesha Eades. Wind ripples in dry sand.
Stone beach
Asia Momin. Stone beach at 6000 North.
Coastal processes
Jacqueline Leanza and Joseph Storelli. Deposition upstream; erosion downstream.
groundwater exposed
Joseph Storelli. Surface expression of the groundwater within the outermost beach strand.

Part II: Find the water table.

digging for water
Pinal Gheewala. Digging a hole to find the groundwater.
we found it!
Pinal Gheewala. Eureka! Pinal Shah and Rimpal Shah find groundwater at seven inches.
we found it too
Kevin Gibbons. Three feet from waterline, eight inches down.
less deep, but still there
Nicole Cristofano. Five inches deep, three inches from the waterline.
I was very proud of what my students found and observed. For some, this was their first trip to the lake; others were very familiar with it, yet still found new things. The assignment was to take the book to the lake and attempt to find and document as many coastal processes and features as possible. In addition, they were to find the top of the water table, which several of them did in interesting and creative ways. creative use of ice scraper
Jacqueline Leanza. Who says you don't need an ice scraper in springtime Chicago?

Reference material to prepare for the field trip.

Geological Illustrations

Standard rock symbols . Complete Geologic Column . Ordovician fossils . Silurian fossils . Devonian fossils . Mississippian fossils . Pennsylvanian fossils . Illinois top of rocks map . LaSalle and Kanakakee geological column . LaSalle area cross-section . Northern Illinois top of rocks map

Travel back in time...
William Alden's 1902 Chicago Folio
Learn Paleozoic fossils...
Read my First Families of Chicago
Visit my home page Ellin Beltz -
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