GEOS 401: Geological Field-Research Methods. This course is an introduction to the methods and techniques employed when “doing geology” in the field. Although these skills will be taught in the context of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, these skills are transferable to all the disciplines in the geosciences. You will learn first order skills such as how to use the Brunton compass, pace and compass mapping, orienting yourself in the field, measuring geologic “lines and planes”, describing rocks in the field, how to take complete and useful field notes, making and documenting field sketches, documenting with photography, and sampling techniques.
Pre-departure course meetings will be held on May 25, 29, and 30, 2012.
Travel Dates are May 31-June 15, 2012.
• Scenic tour of the Badlands National Monument
• Mapping and sample collecting in different types of rock
• Tour of Wind Cave and Mammoth Site
• Half-day trail ride, "Geology on Horseback"