Research Station

This week’s field trip took us to a couple of agricultural research stations outside of Bydgoszcz. After a pretty nice breakfast, we learned about the type of research they do and spent some quality time attempting to convert decitons per hectare into bushels per acre. During the tour of the grounds, we were allowed into the weather station. The instruments they use are not digital or computerized, like the ones I have seen in the past. This picture is of the device that measures how many hours of sunlight the station receives per day. It’s an ingenious little thing, actually. The glass sphere focuses the sun’s rays onto the green paper strip. As it does so, it burns the paper slowly as the sun moves across the sky. Each day, the paper is removed and the number of hours of sunlight is recorded.

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