Last weekend, Michael and I travelled I-70 across Kansas for a wedding. As we drove through the Flint Hills, Michael noticed how much rock is exposed in the spots where construction crews blasted into the hillsides to build the highway.
So we decided to stop on the way home and see if there was anything interesting in the rock. We pulled off the highway just east of Junction City, near the Konza Prairie Biological Station.
We were searching for any evidence of fossils or microfossils in the pieces of rock. They were pretty tough to see in the few minutes we had while pulled off the highway, but we spotted a few little impressions. We ended up bringing home a Wendy’s cup full of sediment and a few small pieces of rock.
Michael plans to hang on to the samples we took until his students are back in class. They’ll get a chance to look at the sediment and rocks under a microscope and find out what’s really there. It’s part of the “Evidence for Evolution” lab in Biology Rocks! Edition 2.
Stay tuned to find out what they learn… or find out with your own students!