BEACON – Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park in the City of Beacon is one of eight projects nationwide to achieve certification through the Sustainable Sites Initiative as part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of the University of Texas at Austin.
It was given three out of four stars for its sustainable design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes, said project Director Danielle Pieranunzi.
Earle McBride discovered shrapnel and other microscopic relics from the D-Day invasion more than four decades later on Omaha Beach.
Credit Marc Airhart/U. of Texas at Austin
Omaha Beach sand seen through a binocular microscope. Pastel grains are carbonate rock fragments, carbonate skeletal grains, and iron-oxide coated quartz grains. Rust coated shrapnel grains are visible in the center. (Mean grain size = 0.2 mm.)
Credit Earle McBride/U. of Texas at Austin
Scanning electron microscope image of shrapnel grains and an iron bead, remnants of the D-Day invasion.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Earle McBride of the University of Texas at Austin explains the discovery of microscopic artifacts on one of history’s most famous beaches.
Earle McBride is Professor Emeritus and the J. Nalle Gregory Chair Emeritus in Sedimentary Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is focused on the physical and chemical processes that alter sand over time. He holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins University.