Geology 275 - USA: Field Geology of the Desert Southwest
The diverse geology of the Big Bend region of Texas and adjacent New Mexico set the stage for this field intensive study of the interrelationships between geology, ecology, and resource use in the high Chihuahuan Desert. Students will hike through and learn about the geologic development and ecology of the Chisos, Christmas, and Guadalupe Mountains, and then go underground to learn about cave formation at Carlsbad Caverns. During the course, participants will climb ancient volcanoes on horseback, hunt for dinosaur bones and other fossils, examine a world-famous fossil reef, hike through spectacular canyons and caverns, and learn how to make accurate field observations.
Course: GEOL 275
Destinations: West Texas (Rio Grande River, Big Bend National Park, Guadalupe National Park, Franklin Mountains) and New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns National Park)
Prerequisite: GEOL 274 - Off-campus Field Studies Orientation: Desert SW (1 credit - scheduled for Fall 2013)
Program leaders: Eric Johnson, David Griffing
Curricular requirement: LAB (science)
Cost: $1,540.00 (Does not include travel cost to/from departure city of El Paso, TX. Students will be responsible for arranging their own travel to/from El Paso.)
Length of program: 21 days
Meals: All meals included.
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