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2017 Geology Field Camp Site (no camp 2016)

Photos: Left, 2011 field camp experiencing a beach-worthy day at Independence Pass, Colorado; Center, Arches National Park, Utah; Right, 2005 camp participants contemplating the pros and cons of meteorite impacts at Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Deposit due Feb 1, 2017, payable to CU Research & Development Corp. (unless other arrangements have been made)

General Information:

How do geologists know what they know about geologic time and physical processes that operate on Earth? The answer lies buried within the Earth's rock record. Concord's field course addresses these questions by helping you develop an understanding of field research and how it is connected to data derived in the laboratory. Our field camp will help you develop an authentic understanding of field relations, geologic processes, and geologic time by engaging in geologic mapping.

The Concord University geology field camp is offered for 6 semester hours and includes approximately 5 weeks of field work from mid-May to late June in Colorado and Utah. The course emphasizes field mapping using both traditional methods and digital methods with iPad’s (provided to participants). The first half of the course emphasizes development of mapping and field skills in faulted Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary strata at sites in central and western Colorado, including Glenwood Canyon, Gunnison-Crested Butte, and Colorado National Monument. We will also work on a short project at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks near Moab, Utah. The second half of the course is based in Leadville, Colorado, where we will engage in original research and mapping in Precambrian fault zones developed in metamorphic and igneous rocks in the Sawatch Range. Regional field trips are scheduled between field exercises to examine the geological evolution of the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau. Lodging typically entails about 50% camping and 50% college dorms or cabins.

Prerequisites: 12 hours in geology, including one year of introductory geology (Geol 101 and Geol 202) and an additional upper-level lab course in geology (Geol 370 - Earth Materials and Minerals). Most participants will also have completed coursework in structural geology. Limited enrollment by students outside of Concord University is available on a first-come, first-served basis subject to space limitations. For additional information, contact:

Dr. J.L. Allen
[send email to: allenj (type at symbol) concord.edu]
Department of Physical Sciences
Concord University
Athens, WV 24712

COST: The total cost for the trip will be $1400 (tentative travel fee) plus tuition for Concord students. The travel fee will include lodging, meals (except when traveling), and transportation. The cost for non-Concord students will be $1700 plus tuition and institutional fees (~$1602/$3528 in-state/out-of-state for tuition).

Some externally funded scholarships are available for qualified students. Additional federal financial aid for the trip may be available during the Fall semester if you qualify. Ask the instructor or the financial aid office for more details.

Photo: Some of the 2013 field camp participants on the summit of Mt. Elbert (14,439 ft) - the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains and the second highest peak in the contiguous United States. Photo courtesy of Sheena Harper Photography.

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