Richland -- On the bank of the Columbia River Wednesday morning, curious third graders from Jason Lee Elementary found themselves learning about geology, from a University professor. The kids were riveted as Steve Reidel broke open rocks the students had specifically selected from an area near the water, and then revealed the truths behind the mysteries inside.
Reidel, who is a former geologist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory said the rocks have been around for millions of years, and those aged at 15 million years could actually be considered the "young" rocks of the bunch.
Another field trip to the river is planned for Thursday. The goal of educators is to help kids get exciting about the history of the earth, geology, and science.