Description: This three-week camp teaches fundamental geological field mapping skills and is situated in the southwest corner of Montana, near Dillon. We welcome students from all campuses of the University of Minnesota system, as well as non-UMN students! We will stay at the Birch Creek Center for most of the time. By the end of this course students should know how to:
Write detailed descriptions of sedimentary and igneous rocks.
Compile a measured stratigraphic section and broadly interpret the section in the context of environmental change
Collect original field observations and integrate them into topographic maps, aerial photos, and satellite data to produce detailed geologic maps.
Be able to acquire, record, and represent orientation data, including the attitude of bedding, folds, faults, foliation, and slickensides, using traditional and advanced techniques.
Interpret three-dimensional geologic structures and generate cross sections for geologic maps.
Anticipate the logistical and physical demands for planning their own fieldwork in the future.
Prerequisites: ESCI 3891 Field Methods for UMN students or instructor permission