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photos of Death Valley (A. Glazner and S. Hetzler)
of Death Valley
Geology of the Nat'l Parks
A scorpion at Warm Springs, Death Valley. Spring 2000
Around the campfire, Boulder Mountain, Utah. Spring 2000
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Field Experience (Geology 496) culminates with a 10-day field trip. In
1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008, the focus of the course
(and the destination of the trip) was the Basin and Range and the
Colorado Plateau of northern Arizona, southern California, southern
Nevada, and Utah. Other years, the course focused on Costa
||Inlcudes a description of the course, a tentative
schedule, grading policies, etc. for Spring 2010.
Some aspects of Geology 496 are available to enrolled
students through UTC's online course delivery system, Blackboard
(requires UTCID and password).
Photos of the
Spring 2008 trip
Photos of the
Spring 2006 trip
Photos of the
Spring 2004 trip
Photos from 2002 and earlier trips (below)
Nighttime geology along I-40.
A several-minute exposure of the outcrop across from Cholla
Lake County Park, Joseph City, AZ.
Illumination of the outcrop is from a nearby power plant.
Note the star tracks and the band of light in the foreground
from vehicles on the interstate.
|The 2002 group at Warm Springs, southern Death
A group photo at Badwater, Death Valley, California. (Photo
by S. Howell.)
The group studies Ubehebe, a large phreatic explosion crater
in northern Death Valley. This partial panorama is a mosic of
Habte Churnet points out the cross bedding in the Triassic
Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest, Arizona.
Habte Churnet and I stand on the rim of SP crater, San Francisco
volcanic field, north of Flagstaff, Arizona.
SP cinder cone is a 71,000-year-old volcano. The basaltic
cone is approximately 800 feet high; the crater is 400 feet deep.
Students study layers of tuff in the footwall of a normal
fault near Shoshone, California. The dark layer in the upper-left
corner of the photo is a remarkable black vitrophyre (glass)
that grades upward and downward into progressively less welded
Students on the dunes near Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley,
Part of the group on top of SP Mountain (crater
Note the basaltic lava flow in the background.
A group photo (a motly bunch) at Badwater, Death Valley, California,
282 feet below sea level. This is the lowest point in the western
Schematic cross section of the western Colorado Plateau in
Arizona and Utah, from Meteor Crater to the Henry Mountains,
through the Grand Canyon. Click
here for a full-size version of this graphic (6944x1308,
110k gif file).