Summer Field Course: Northern New Mexico

GEO 495

Taos, New Mexico

May 25 to June 30, 2017

Department of Geological Sciences

University of Alabama

Essentials of Field Geology: Outcrop description; Introduction to geologic mapping; Interpretation of Sedimentary, Metamorphic, & Igneous rocks; and Structural Analysis.

The first exercises teach the use of a compass, writing geological notes, use of topographic maps, map making, traversing, and an introduction to the geology of the Rio Grande Rift and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A series of increasingly complex exercises follow: 1) mapping undeformed sedimentary strata, 2) measuring sections of Mesozoic sedimentary rocks, 3) mapping simply deformed Mesozoic sedimentary rocks, 4) mapping complexly folded and faulted Paleozoic sedimentary strata, and 5) mapping complexly deformed Precambrian metamorphic rocks. There will be excursions to examine Tertiary volcanic rocks – Valles Caldera, Front Range faults – Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Mapping exercises incorporate global positioning system (GPS) for locations and digital mapping skills with geographic information system (GIS) software.

Course information: GEO 495, six semester credits. Prerequisites: Igneous and metamorphic petrology; structural geology; and stratigraphy, sedimentology, or sedimentary petrology.

Fees: Approximately $4,250 (Alabama resident) or $8,000 (nonresident). Includes all transportation, roundtrip from Tuscaloosa AL to Taos NM, accommodations and food in Taos, and tuition. This amount does not include medical insurance (required) and food when away from Taos (14 days), field gear, and personal items. A $100 nonrefundable deposit (checks to University of Alabama) must be paid to University of Alabama Student Receivables, Department of Geological Sciences by March 21 – Receipt must be given to Debbie Frank in DGS. Remaining course fees and tuition must be paid to Student Receivables in May.

Lodging: About 20 days will be spent at the Austing Haus — 9,000’ elevation in the spectacular Taos Ski Valley [see http://www.austinghaus.net/]. About 15 days will be spent camping.

Application: Field Camp 2017 (189 downloads)

Contact information:

Ms. Debbie Frank

Dept. of Geol. Sciences

Box 870338, 2003 Bevill

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

 

Dr. Harold Stowell

Field Course Director

205 348 5098

University of Alabama

Student Receivables

105 Student Services Building

Box 870120

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

205 348 5350

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