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  • Lyndon Nawanao Jr.

Geol 200 (Undergraduate Thesis) students conduct fieldwork in North and Central Luzon

Senior undergraduate students and researchers from the Geomorphology and Active Tectonics Research (GEAR) laboratory conducted coastal and fluvial field activities in Pangasinan, La Union, and Nueva Ecija for their undergraduate thesis last 8–13 February 2024. RTK GNSS elevation surveys relative to tide levels and drone-derived digital surface modeling (DSM) were undertaken in the coastal areas of the municipalities of Luna and Balaoan, La Union, and municipality of Bolinao, Pangasinan. In these municipalities of La Union, emergent coral marine terraces and beachrocks were investigated as clues to past relative sea-level changes in West Luzon. In Bolinao, large carbonate boulders and their morphology were examined to give insights into the characteristics of past extreme waves that brought them onto the coastal platform. In Nueva Ecija, digital elevation model (DEM)-derived alluvial fans were ground-truthed using drone surveys. 

Action photos during the fieldwork in four study areas.

The following undergraduate students are supervised by Dr. Noelynna T. Ramos: Ms. Angelica Africa (studying coral marine terraces), Mr. Zebedee Trebur Aguas (beachrocks), Ms. Marjorie Del Mundo (large coral boulders), and Mr. Mark Bryan Olata (alluvial fans). The fieldwork team was led by Mr. Lyndon P. Nawanao Jr (University Research Associate), together with Ms. Andrea Denise Pamintuan (University Research Associate), Ms. Clod Anne Punzalan (Project Research Associate), and Mr. Reynaldo San Jose (Project Research Associate). 

Undergraduate students (left to right) Mr. Aguas, Ms. Del Mundo, Ms. Africa, and Mr. Olata setting up the RTK and investigating emergent coral reef and beachrocks 


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