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Geologists work to form rock solid foundation for youth interest in science

Geologists work to form rock solid foundation for youth interest in science

Beth Sylvia sat on her knees stacking multiple sieves that looked like round cake pans with mesh bottoms.

Then the geologist from the Maryland Geological Survey poured a sample of sand from Ocean City over the top.

"Let's see what happens," she told 9-year-old Cullan Asher, who watched as Sylvia shook the sieves, causing the finer grains to fall to the bottom pan while the larger, rockier pieces remained in the top.

By distributing the different grain sizes, she explained, she can weigh the samples and analyze the make-up of sediment, including checking for possible contaminants.

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