International Volunteers 2010
This past summer Oregon Caves National Monument hosted geosciences volunteers Peter Wojcik (UK) and Ove Meisel (Germany). Both geology students, Peter and Ove were seeking to enrich their academic experience during summer break by participating in the International Volunteers-in-Parks program. Peter’s main projects were geological mapping and developing a cross-section of rock types and structures. Ove completed a study of clastic cave sediments and sampled sediment cores for a future pollen analysis.
“This was the best summer of my life,” Ove said. For Ove, this position fulfilled an internship requirement for his degree program and provided an opportunity to improve his English. In addition to gaining practical work experience, Peter and Ove enjoyed many of the region’s highlights such as the Pacific coast, wild and scenic rivers, and nearby national parks through geological field trips and recreational outings. “The area’s natural beauty is amazing for an Englishman,” Peter said.
Did You Know?
Scorpions fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet (UV) black light. They can glow electric green or blue. Scorpions fluoresce because they contain a fluorescent protein in the upper layer of their exoskeleton. This layer is like your fingernail, but even more protective and tough. The special protein inside is thought by scientists to serve as an ultraviolet sensitivity mechanism, perhaps allowing the scorpion to avoid burning itself by staying exposed too long to damaging light levels.