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METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY of DENVER DEPARTMENT of EARTH & ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES Colorado Plateau Geology Fieldtrips

Uwe R. Kackstaetter, Ph.D. (Dr.K)

Jim Cronoble, Ph.D. (Dr.C)

Common to both courses

Downloadable documents, forms, and links common to both courses.

GEL2530

Intro to Geologic Field Work

2 credits - Maymester - Prelecture PLUS 10 Field Days

This course is an introduction to field measurements and data collection for earth scientists. It examines methods and procedures in sampling, measuring, describing, mapping, and ascertaining field data. The heart of the course is a field trip to geologic features of the Colorado Plateau. Here, students will be exposed to hands-on experiences pertinent to industry and academia. A Brunton™ pocket transit is essential for this course and must be purchased or checked out through the department. Students will be camping and must be in good physical condition because strenuous hiking is involved.

GEL3530

Advanced Geology of the Colorado Plateau

This advanced field course requires an analytical approach to the geology of the Colorado Plateau and surrounding areas. Variable topics include a variety of geology destinations, such as, but not limited to the Colorado National Monument, Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park and Utah’s Basin and Range province, Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest National Parks, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks.  Along with basic concepts of geology, the formations exposed in the Colorado Plateau, including their ages, rock types, and origins are analyzed. Students must be in good physical condition because strenuous hiking is involved. Prior field and camping experience is also recommended.

Registration Cost, Sign-up, Where & How to register! Trip Itinerary Where are we going, What are we doing! For more info: Click on Fossil Preparation What to bring; What to pack; What to know Rules & Regulations Must be initialed & signed by ALL participants for registration

Note: Those co-enrolled in GEL2530 & GEL3530 pay $550 field trip fee ONLY ONCE!

2 credits - Maymester - Prelecture PLUS 10 Field Days

Variable Topics Course (can be taken up to 4 times for credit)

The Course Syllabus The Course Syllabus Prereq.:

GEL1010 - Physical Geology

GIS1220 - Intro to Geospatial Science

or permission of instructor

Prereq.:

GEL1010 - Physical Geology,

one prior lower division field course preferred or permission of instructor

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PROMISSORY NOTE AGREEMENT FIELD TRIP POLICIES AND LIABILITY WAIVER MATERIALS LIST FIELD NOTEBOOK GRADING