Summer Field Course: Northern New Mexico
Taos, New Mexico
May 23 to June 26, 2018
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 $250 nonrefundable deposit (checks to University of Alabama) must be paid to University of Alabama Student Receivables, Department of Geological Sciences by March 12 – Receipt must be given to Karen Linville 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.
Field Course Application.pdf (19 downloads)