Marshall Agnew (02/04/04)
My name is Marshall Agnew. I grew up in the desert outside Santa Fe New Mexico, near an ancient volcano. The land around my house is very interesting from a geological standpoint. The mountains and desert are different from any I have seen anywhere else. In my yard can be found large pieces of obsidian and other products of the nearby volcano. Because of this I grew up with a strong interest in geology and I am strongly considering a geology or geochem major.
Though I would like to be a geologist, I have always been a bit unsure of what I would do in the field. I want to take this class because I think it's a great opportunity to see what geologists do first hand. I don't know much about the planetary geology aspect of the discipline and I look forward to finding out about it. I also really like the idea of being involved in such an exciting time in the exploration of the solar system.
I think the seminar setting will be good because it will help all of us see other perspectives we may not have thought of. I know what I think about geology, but I don't know how other people look at it. If I go on in geology, it will be good to know how other people feel about the subject, especially based on the upcoming Mars missions and their effect our country in the next few years.
I particularly look forward to the parts of the course where we will be involved in interpreting data from the mars rovers and talking to people involved in the project.I think this coarse will be an excellent intro to planetary science that will encompass more than just the pure science.