Department of Biology and Earth Science
Dr. John Nold
Professor of Earth Science
Yes, I am still here and teaching Introduction to Geology, Structural Geology, Mineralogy, and Petrology. I am still enjoying teaching a lot and plan to stay for a few more years. Mark Dudley and I are still doing research on iron deposits in the Proterozoic of southeast Missouri, where we have now found three occurrences of oolitic sedimentary iron formation. I have also been doing further work on the geology of the Warrensburg area which was featured on the first day of the Association of Missouri Geologists field trip in October.
Judy and I continue to travel. During June 2004 we spent a month walking 200 miles across northern England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. We walked an average of 10 miles per day, ate in pubs, and stayed in B & B's. We traveled very light and carried all our own stuff. The first week of the walk was fairly challenging where we had to climb three mountain passes through the Lake District. The English countryside is beautiful and every day was incredible. This walk was the most fun trip we have ever taken.
During the summer of 2005 Judy and I spent three weeks in Hawaii, visiting Kauai for a week and the Big Island for two weeks. Kauai is five million years old and the canyons are spectacular. On the Big Island we stayed in the Volcano House on the edge of Kilauea Caldera, where Mark Twain stayed in the 1860's. Kilauea is still in eruption but the lava was flowing in a tube and there was not much to see compared to the spectacular show that we got during the summer of 2003.