From Shanghai we flew into Wuhan, Hubei province in central China, met by my host Dr. Guangming Hu who had been a visiting scholar in my department in 2013. Soon we were in a van heading to the Three Gorges Dam. We traveled through a landscape of rice paddies, rivers and lakes in a green and watery mosaic. The terrain along the Yangtze River is stunningly beautiful with steep slopes, limestone cliffs and villages with terraced fields. We toured the dam and lock system, then headed down the river gorge to see some geology.
Yangtze University has a strong focus on petroleum and energy. In their School of Geosciences I gave three days of lectures that included my two GSA talks, and additional lectures on hot topics in sedimentary geology, interactive learning styles, and skill sets for success. Yangtze University lies on a peninsula in a lake, with lots of new construction, flanked by farms on one side where chickens and ducks are heard. This is on the outskirts of our next stop, the big city of Wuhan.