UMF student receives geological society award

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FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington geology major Jesse Powers was recently awarded the Walter A. Anderson Award at the Geological Society of Maine’s spring meeting at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The Walter A. Anderson Fund was founded in 1955 in recognition of Walter A. Anderson, state geologist emeritus.

David Gibson, UMF associate professor of geology, said, “This is the third time in four years that a UMF geology student has won this prestigious award, which recognizes the most outstanding senior research project presentation. It’s such a wonderful accomplishment for both Jesse and the university’s department of natural sciences.”

The purpose of Powers’ senior research project, “Petrography and Geochemistry of the Zoned Onawa Pluton,” was to perform whole-rock geochemistry using samples from the Onawa Pluton, a geologic region in central Maine’s Piscataquis County.

Powers said, “My research was valuable because it helps us to continue to understand Appalachian geology in central and coastal Maine.

“It’s also very important to know that the majority of the earth is made of mafic rocks while the continents are comprised of primarily granitic material. Knowing the evolution of the continents is an important part in studying how humans came to thrive on this planet,” said Powers.

For more information, contact Gibson at 778-7402 or dgibson@maine.edu.

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