With Kent Syverson
UW-Eau Claire Dept. of Geology
Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Bus leaves from Phillips Hall
UW-Eau Claire campus
Would you like to learn more about the varied geology and environmental concerns in the Chippewa Valley? Then join Dr. Kent Syverson on this one-day field trip.
Explore the varied geology and environmental concerns present in the Chippewa Valley on a Saturday field trip with UW-Eau Claire geology professor Dr. Kent M. Syverson. Examine evidence for ancient mountains, sandstones deposited by ancient oceans that produced frac sand, and sediment deposited by glaciers.
Stops will include:
- the Seven Mile Creek Landfill
- Big Falls County Park
- Jim Falls, near the Hydro Plant
- the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Reserve
- a drive-by of several frac sand mining and processing sites
Engage in discussion about the costs and benefits of human activities on the environment and how they impact Western Wisconsin.
- Disposal of garbage in landfills
- Damming rivers to generate hydroelectric power
- Mining sand for use in the oil and gas, glass, and foundry industries
Workers are busy building a sand processing plant near Chippewa Falls. This plant is one of many across central and western Wisconsin that mine and process fine sand for hydraulic fracturing. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism /Julie Strupp.
Who should attend?
- anyone interested in learning about the geology of the Chippewa Valley
- people who want to know more about the issues surrounding frac sand mining
- earth science hobbyists
- parents and their children
Dr. Kent Syverson is a Professor of Geology and Chair of the Dept. of Geology at UW-Eau Claire. He has completed much course work in chemistry, hydrogeology, and engineering. Syverson is a glacial geologist by training, and he spent five years studying the glacial geology of Chippewa County for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. He has been a consultant in the sand industry of western Wisconsin during the past five years. Syverson is in his 22nd year at UW-Eau Claire, and in 2012 he received the Excellence in Teaching Award.
FeeEarly Bird fee: $70 per person. Register through May 23, 2014 to receive the discount.
Standard fee: $80 per person after May 23.
Lunch will not be included, so bring a sack lunch and beverage. Other items you may want to bring: good walking shoes (no extreme hiking involved); sunscreen; camera; a rain poncho or umbrella and layered clothing to adjust to changing weather conditions.