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Geology 470: Field Geology 1

Offered every year during the Winterim semester, Geol 470 is based in New Mexico. This rigorous capstone course includes exercises in the following:

  • land navigation, triangulation and structural measurements using the Brunton Compass, Garmin handheld GPS units, topographic maps, pace and compass traverse
  • stratigraphic section measurement and description
  • geologic mapping of a tilted horst in the Rio Grande rift
  • geologic mapping of a complex sedimentary, volcanic, and hypabyssal intrusive terrain
  • geologic mapping of the deformed and mineralized margin of an epizonal plutonic complex

Geology 470 - Field Geology 1 is normally taken in a student's Junior year. This three-week, three credit course is offered every January and taught in west Texas and New Mexico. This course will introduce you to geologic mapping techniques, emphasizing the construction of geologic maps and cross-sections in plutonic, volcanic, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. The course is entirely computerized and uses the latest GIS and GPS mapping techniques. It is receiving national attention as a field program that integrates computer technology with traditional field methods.

whitesands

Field Camp 1 students exploring the wonders of Whitesands, New Mexico.

 
Mapping in New Mexico

Andy, Logan, and Kris take a second to work on their field maps.

Field Camp I group photo at Black Range Lodge with Pepper and Charlie
Field Camp I group photo at Black Range Lodge with Pepper and Charlie (2009)

Jill and Michelle working on field maps, Black Range Lodge
Jill and Michelle working on field maps, Black Range Lodge

Ryan and Vic working on final map compilation, Black Range Lodge
Ryan and Vic working on final map compilation, Black Range Lodge

Kristina and Brandon working on GIS compilation, Black Range Lodge
Kristina and Brandon working on GIS compilation, Black Range Lodge

MORE PHOTOS FROM FIELD CAMP IN NEW MEXICO

For more information on field experiences at UWEC, contact the Field Camp Director, J. Brian Mahoney at mahonej@uwec.edu.

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