May 2015

 School is out! And Rice University's Earth Science Department had a type locale field trip to Turkey! Our very own Andre Droxler and Jerry Dickens led the trip along with some professors (and their assistants) from ITU, my previous university.

   I served as the translator (and even the navigator for a short period of time), saw some beautiful outcrops and went to places I either didn't have the chance before or would not have the chance due to security issues (marble quarry, gold mine, etc.), being a civilian and all.

We covered a significant amount of distance. GPS datapoints collected by our geochemist Hehe Jiang.

We covered a significant amount of distance. GPS datapoints collected by our geochemist Hehe Jiang.

Andre Droxler and Celal Sengor's PhD student Semih Can Ulgen talking about our stops of the day. It was a lot of paleozoic rocks around Istanbul. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Andre Droxler and Celal Sengor's PhD student Semih Can Ulgen talking about our stops of the day. It was a lot of paleozoic rocks around Istanbul. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Having a dilemma with serpentinite samples. At this point, I had already collected too many samples and we weren't even halfway done with the field trip. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Having a dilemma with serpentinite samples. At this point, I had already collected too many samples and we weren't even halfway done with the field trip. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

In Pamukkale, with another PhD student Harsha ('Harsh Reality') Vora who specializes in petrophysics. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

In Pamukkale, with another PhD student Harsha ('Harsh Reality') Vora who specializes in petrophysics. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Beautiful travertines in Pamukkale. It was surprising to see how preserved it is now. 10-15 years ago, this would have been a different view. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Beautiful travertines in Pamukkale. It was surprising to see how preserved it is now. 10-15 years ago, this would have been a different view. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

A marble quarry we crashed. Needless to say, we had a very brave driver who didn't even question any of our leaders' suggestions for outcrops. Photo, once again, taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

A marble quarry we crashed. Needless to say, we had a very brave driver who didn't even question any of our leaders' suggestions for outcrops. Photo, once again, taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

A few people from our group in Miletus. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

A few people from our group in Miletus. Photo taken by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Jerry Dickens suggested we stopped here to fully appreciate the ductile deformation. Photo by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

Jerry Dickens suggested we stopped here to fully appreciate the ductile deformation. Photo by Jeffrey Piccirillo.

To stay cool in the hot Mediterranean summer, we are hugging marbles with Pankaj Khanna, a PhD student who studies carbonates with Andre. Photo taken by Hehe Jiang in Ephesus.

To stay cool in the hot Mediterranean summer, we are hugging marbles with Pankaj Khanna, a PhD student who studies carbonates with Andre. Photo taken by Hehe Jiang in Ephesus.

I had the chance to see the construction of the highly opposed 3rd bridge in Bosphorus, Istanbul. Black Sea at distance. Photo taken by Gary Linkevich.

I had the chance to see the construction of the highly opposed 3rd bridge in Bosphorus, Istanbul. Black Sea at distance. Photo taken by Gary Linkevich.

(Shameless plug time: For more photographs by Jeffrey Piccirillo, click here. I love his work!)