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Earth Sciences

ERSC 4320: Field Geology II

D. Hicks mapping in the Needle MountainsThe UALR Earth Sciences department has developed a 3-week, 3-credit hour summer field camp that was offered for the first time in July, 2009. Tentative dates for Summer 2014 are July 5-26, and the group will leave from Little Rock and spend approximately 2.5 weeks camping and doing various field mapping exercises in the Needle Mountains near Durango, Colorado. Students are expected to have junior or senior status, and the main prerequisites are Field Geology I (ERSC 3320) and Structural Geology (ERSC 3430).

Photos from the 2009 Field camp
Photos from the 2010 Field camp
Photos from the 2011 Field camp
Photos from the 2012 Field camp

Click here for a list of required and recommended gear.

Below is a tentative schedule for next summer’s course:

July 5 - Little Rock, AR, to Clayton, NM; camp at Clayton Lakes State Park; Dinosaur tracks at CLSP

July 6 - Clayton, NM to Alamosa, CO; camp at Great Sand Dunes National Park

July 7 - Great Sand Dunes National Park dune morphology exercise

July 8-9 - Northern San Luis basin; Sangre de Cristo Mountains; Orient Mine exercise

July 10 - Lake City, CO, to Montrose, CO; camp at Black Canyon National Park; West Elk volcanics, Black Canyon National Park

July 11 - Montrose, CO, to Silverton, CO; camp at Molas Lake Campground, CO

July 12-14 - Molas Lake mapping project, Needle Mountains, CO; 1/2 day off on July 15

July 15-18 - Hermosa mapping project, Needle Mountains, CO

July 19 - Day off

July 20-24 - Lime Creek mapping project, Needle Mountains, CO

July 25 - Silverton, CO, to Amarillo, TX; hotel in Amarillo

July 26 - Amarillo, TX, to Little Rock, AR

More detailed information about the course including estimated course fees will be sent out to interested students before the registration dates for summer sessions.

Feel free to contact UALR Earth Sciences faculty Field Camp director Dr. Laura Ruhl with questions or requests for additional information.

Molas Lake, Needle Mountains, CO
Molas Lake, Needle Mountains, Colorado (photos: D. Hicks)

Updated 1.7.2014