ESci 4911 - Advanced Field Geology

Course Credits: 4 credits; Prerequisites: Prerequisite ESCI 3911 for UMN students or instructor permission

The course includes geologic mapping; study of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; and hydrothermal mineralization. By the end of this course, students will have a general understanding of the Archean and Proterozoic geologic history of northern Minnesota. The following is a specific set of objectives for this advanced field course:

Geology students in the field
  • Correctly identify sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks in the field and write detailed descriptions of each rock type (including mineral identification);
  • Distinguish the differences between igneous crystallization, metamorphic mineral growth, and mineralization due to hydrothermal fluids;
  • Acquire, record, and represent location and orientation data using traditional and advanced techniques (magnetic compass vs. GPS);
  • Use topographic maps at different scales (1:2000, 1:12000, 1:5000);
  • Measure and analyze structural data;
  • Interpret a variety of field data in a three-dimensional framework;
  • Be able to design and implement a strategy for conducting fieldwork. This includes the ability to effectively use multiple working hypotheses for problem solving on a daily basis as well as the ability to safely anticipate logistical and physical demands for your own fieldwork in the future.
  • A final paper is required.

This 3-week course will be taught in hybrid mode: on the Twin Cities campus, online, and at the University's Hubachek Wilderness Research Center in Ely, MN.

For more information, contact Annia Fayon