2020 Field Studies, Section 3
GEOL 406 – Field Studies in Classic Mapping (CRN 41968) 4 credits Instructor: Marli Miller. Graded for Majors; P/NP optional for all other students. $700 course fee (in addition to the $100 acceptance fee paid to hold your space in the course) and usual tuition and UO fees.
This course begins with a four day field trip to northern Montana to visit several classic sites of the Cordilleran Fold-Thrust Belt including Sun River Canyon and locations within Glacier National Park. Besides the incredible display of structures, we will also see spectacular glacial features and sedimentary rocks of the Proterozoic Belt Supergroup. The field trip includes a day off for hiking in the national park.
After Glacier NP, we will move into dormitories at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana and complete a geologic mapping project called Block Mountain. During this project, we will first familiarize ourselves with the region’s Paleozoic and Mesozoic stratigraphy and then create a geologic map of this complexly deformed area. Block Mountain is a fabulous place to further develop the strong foundation of fundamental field skills that geologists draw on repeatedly throughout their careers.