Montana State University

Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173480
Bozeman, MT 59717-3480

Tel: (406) 994-3331
Fax: (406) 994-6923
Location: 226 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Mogk

earth@montana.edu

Geology Camp

GEO 429R – Field Geology

Summer 2014

Bringing the Classroom Outdoors

Article by: Nathan Carroll 2011 Field Geology student

 

Instructors: (Instructors from 2013 may differ for 2014)

Dr. Dave Lageson  (lageson@montana.edu)

Dr. Colin Shaw (colin.shaw1@montana.edu)

Dr. Todd Feeley (tfeeley@montana.edu)



Dates: June 9 - July 12 2014

First Aid Supplies

Field Equipment

Local Stratigraphy


Overview:

Field Geology (GEO 429R) is a senior capstone field-mapping course for geology, paleontology and geohydrology majors in the Department of Earth Sciences at MSU and for upper-division geology majors from other institutions. Students are required to have successfully completed courses in sedimentology and stratigraphy, structural geology, and geomorphology. The course covers a variety of field problems and mapping techniques. Extensive hiking and outdoor physical challenges require that students be physically fit. A fee for transportation and materials is required (see fees below). Due to the demands and rigor of this course, it is strongly recommended that students plan no other activities or trips for the entire duration of the field course.  The course studies a variety of field sites at several locations, does not necessarily return to Bozeman (see the schedule below), begins each day early in the morning and returns at the end of the day to a camping site near the field site.  The evenings are spent inking maps, reviewing field notes, and preparing cross sections and reports. 



Tuition and Fees (are expected to be):  In State - 1564.10    Out of State - $5211.50

Class Fees (are expected to be):  $994.50 (covers materials and transportation)


Scholarship Information:

http://nagt.org/nagt/programs/field_scholarships.html 

Registration

Living conditions and meals:

You will need to arrange for lodging while in Bozeman and be prepared to camp in the field at other times, as per the field course schedule. You will be responsible for your own meals throughout the course. Be prepared for extreme weather variability and a variety of topographically challenging, strenuous field localities. Students are required to carry personal first-aid kits at all times.

General field camp conduct and expectations:

  • Mature, responsible behavior in the field and out of the field that reflects positively on the MSU geology program!
  • Absolutely no alcohol drinking in MSU vehicles (and obviously no open containers)
  • Absolutely no smoking in the field (fire hazard)
  • No personal firearms allowed in the field, in the MSU vehicles, or in camp
  • No rock rolling
  • Don’t mess with snakes – it’s their home
  • NO graffiti on rocks (personal initials, etc.)
  • Treat the landscape with respect – tread lightly and don’t leave trash
  • Be on-time at pick-up points – wear a watch and plan your daily traverses accordingly
  • If a gate is open, leave it open; if it is closed, then be sure to re-close it; be careful crossing fences so as not to break them down
  • Dig deep holes for “personal disposal” needs
  • Assignment turn-in deadlines are hard deadlines
  • If you are going to succeed in this course, it is imperative that you work in the evenings on your map, cross-sections, explanations, write-ups, etc.; you will certainly not succeed if you procrastinate till the last day on each exercise

 

Typical mapping products (“deliverables”) to be turned in (note: may vary by project and instructor):

  • Lightly colored (burnished) geologic map
  • Key or explanation for your geologic map and cross-sections showing all units and symbols used on the map and cross-sections
  • One or more structural cross-sections through the field area
  • Stereonets for structural analysis
  • One-page write-up on a topic pertaining to your field area
  • Field notebook

Expectations for all deliverables:

  • Neatness counts - a lot! Sloppy and careless work will receive the grade it deserves.
  • Accuracy of contacts and field relations
  • Thorough, detailed rock descriptions in the key and/or write-up
  • Well-written, well-organized, well-illustrated field notebooks - written in ink or hard pencil that does not smudge nor smear
  • Read your field camp manual for more information…

 DATE-RANGE OF THIS SCHEDULE IS CORRECT BUT DATES OF ACTIVIES MAY CHANGE
(depending on weather)

2014 Field Camp Schedule

Date Day Exercise  Location Instructor Accomodations
*arrive at Gaines Hall parking area by 0700 - depart by 0800    
9-Jun Mon Structural Mapping I Frying Pan Shaw Camping Dillon
10-Jun Tue Structural Mapping I Frying Pan Shaw Camping Dillon
11-Jun Wed Structural Mapping I Frying Pan Shaw Camping Dillon
12-Jun Thu Structural Mapping I Frying Pan Shaw Camping Dillon
13-Jun Fri Structural Mapping I Frying Pan Camping Dillon
14-Jun Sat Day off McCartney Lageson Camping Dillon
15-Jun Sun Structural Mapping II McCartney Lageson Camping Dillon
16-Jun Mon Structural Mapping II McCartney Lageson Camping Dillon
17-Jun Tue Structural Mapping II McCartney Lageson Camping Dillon
18-Jun Wed Structural Mapping II McCartney Lageson Camping Dillon
19-Jun Thu Structural Mapping II McCartney Lageson Bozeman
20-Jun Fri Day off Bozeman
21-Jun Sat Geomorph Madison Valley Dixon/Lageson Jack Creek
22-Jun Sun Geomorph Madison Valley Dixon/Lageson Jack Creek
23-Jun Mon Geomorph Madison Valley Dixon/Lageson Jack Creek
24-Jun Tue Mm'ic - Bar 7? Madison Valley Mogk/Shaw Jack Creek
25-Jun Wed Mm'ic - Bar 7? Madison Valley Mogk/Shaw Jack Creek
26-Jun Thu Mm'ic - Bar 7? Madison Valley Mogk/Shaw Bozeman
27-Jun Fri Day off Bozeman
28-Jun Sat Plutonic mapping Divide Feeley Camping
29-Jun Sun Plutonic mapping Divide Feeley Camping
30-Jun Mon Plutonic mapping Divide Feeley Camping
1-Jul Tue Plutonic mapping Divide/Travel Feeley Camping
2-Jul Wed Volcanic mapping Paradise Valley Feeley Camping
3-Jul Thu Volcanic mapping Paradise Valley Feeley Camping
4-Jul Fri Volcanic mapping Paradise Valley Feeley Bozeman
5-Jul Sat Day off Bozeman
6-Jul Sun Research Project Thrust Belt Staff TBA
7-Jul Mon Research Project Thrust Belt Staff TBA
8-Jul Tue Research Project Thrust Belt Staff TBA
9-Jul Wed Research Project Thrust Belt Staff TBA
10-Jul Thu Research Project Thrust Belt Staff TBA
11-Jul Fri Lab-Day Thrust Belt Staff Bozeman
12-Jul Sat Present & Clean-up Thrust Belt Staff Bozeman