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Field Geology of the Desert Southwest

Location: Various locations in Texas and New Mexico

Course: GEOL 275

The Big Bend region of Texas and adjacent New Mexico are the setting for this field-intensive study of the interrelationships among geology, ecology, and resource use in the high Chihuahuan Desert. Students take hikes to learn about the geologic development and ecology of area mountains, go underground to learn about cave formation, climb ancient volcanoes on horseback, hunt for dinosaur bones and other fossils, examine a world-famous fossil reef, and learn how to make accurate field observations.

Destinations include: 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
Instructors: Professor of Geology Eric Johnson and Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences/Department Chair David Griffing
Length of program: 21 days

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