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2018 Southeast Friends of the Pleistocene Field Conference

09 Feb 2018

Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Biogeochemistry of the Southern Piedmont Critical Zone

The interdisciplinary Earth and ecological scientists and students of one of the nation’s nine Critical Zone Observatories, the Calhoun CZO, hosted the SEFOP (Southeast Friends of the Pleistocene) Field Conference, 23-25 February 2018 in and around Cross Keys, South Carolina. The field trip  built on the 2017 SEFOP in nearby Spartanburg County and featured the critical zone as the geo-eco-system that spans from the atmosphere to the deepest weathering reactions and aquifers; deep weathering profiles studied in detail by geophysics, geochemists, and biogeochemists; a Piedmont landscape that has experienced some of the most serious agricultural erosion in America; a new geomorphological and Hortonian system of interfluve ordering; and a 60-year field experiment of soil change in response to cotton cultivation and reforestation.

See below for pdfs of the SEFOP Field Guide and Dan Richter's opening talk, as well as two poems inspired by the SEFOP, written by participant John Lane of Wofford College. Links to the itinerary and sign up sheet are on the events page.

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Richter presentation
(12 MB pdf)
Presentation by Dan Richter to open the SEFOP at Wofford College, 7pm 2/23/18

SEFOP2018 Field Guide
(77 MB pdf)
The handout given to participants in the SEFOP2018 Field Conference

Two poems by John Lane
(96 KB pdf)
Inspired by the 2018 SEFOP

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