Research Station scientists Mark Edlund, Jim Almendinger, and Adam Heathcote drive down a tube to collect a sediment core sample from the bottom of Miller Lake, in the Minnesota River watershed, while Shawn Schottler looks on.
My foot crunches through the snow and into unseen mud below. Thank Wilbert and Robert Gore for these waterproof boots. Mud in winter is weird but is not surprising when stomping around the woods amidst spring-fed fens and creeks. A tiny trickle bubbles behind me where I just stepped across it and started up this grassy slope. The ground looks solid but is in fact full of muddy seeps where the water leaks from the soil and starts its trip down the surface to the St. Croix.