I have just added a legend to the maps. Although I might adjust the maps further, they are now complete.
I have also adjusted some parameters for the MapServer layers (base map, satellite image, synthetic streams) to make them load more quickly. The improvement should be more noticeable on slower internet connections.
Today we met as a class to discuss what each group needed to do, which included: making an inventory of data, creating a plan for results, discussing conclusions and overall paper format, and turning in field equipment. We also discussed what our final paper should include (Intro, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and Literature Cited), and what each section of the paper should include. Then our group continued data analysis, outlined our results, and wrote up our results section. And we got back our graded annotated bibliographies, which will be a big help when deciding which sources to use in our final papers.
The spring icons have been updated. The 'hot spring' icon has been made clearer, and a new blue circle icon has been used for the cold springs. Blue&white crosses have been used for stream points (the sample point and the measured boundary crossing). These are now connected with a simple flow diagram. This is a simple line drawing that shows how water flows between these points.
All three groups finished their fieldwork yesterday, and so far the data are fairly complete and should give them quite a lot to analyze when we return to Dallas tomorrow. Steve and Debbie have told us that they have gotten more than they expected from our group, and we hope to have even more to tell them about their property after more analysis is done.
The students have a free day today, and some will head out for whitewater rafting, while others are doing a canopy zip-line tour. They are anxious to see a little more of the area around us, and are thinking a lot of their friends and family and what to bring home as gifts. Last night most of the students went to a local church in Monterrey for mass, and enjoyed the experience and the differences in Mass her compared to back home, including for a while bats circling in the top of the church.
We will have them post one more blog entry before we leave, and some photos of yesterday's welly wanging competition.