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Field Geology 2

Offered every-other year during the Summer interim semester, Geol 471 builds upon the experiences gained in Geol 470 and introduces students to mapping in more structurally complex terrains. This course, based in Boulder, Montana includes exercises in the following:

  • stratigraphic section measurement and description
  • geologic mapping of a complex fold in the southwest Montana fold-and-thrust belt
  • geologic mapping of a duplex fault zone
  • geologic mapping of the deformed and contact metamorphosed margins and interior architecture of a composite plutonic complex

Geol 471 - Field Geology 2 is taught in alternating (odd-numbered) academic years. Based in Boulder, Montana, this Summer Interim course builds further upon the skills learned in New Mexico in Geol 470. Here, you will map and analyze structurally deformed rocks in the Helena salient of the Montana thrust belt, contact metamorphosed rocks on the margins of the Boulder Batholith, and sedimentary and metamorphic rocks of the Belt Supergroup. GIS and GPS skills, plus structural analysis and regional synthesis of tectonic features are emphasized.

Joe and Jessica examine the Paleozoic sedimentary rocks of the Devil's Fence Anticlinorium, southwestern MT
Joe and Jessica examine the Paleozoic sedimentary rocks of the Devil's Fence Anticlinorium, southwestern MT

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

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