Department of Geology
Our field course exposes students to a variety of geological settings and applications, integrating the latest technology in field mapping. In our 2006 field course, we introduced the use of ruggedized tablet computers with wireless GPS receivers for field mapping and data collection. The purpose of using digital technology is to enhance the basic skills necessary for fieldwork while bringing students to the forefront of the digital revolution.
Field Camp Overview
Portable computers, Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receivers, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are changing the way field geology is done. In response to the changing demands on Geologists today, we have revised our field course curriculum to integrate new technologies with traditional field methods. The course will teach students how GPS navigation and digital mapping and data analysis using GIS can facilitate field work and improve the understanding of the geology. Working with sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, students learn how to make methodical observations, accurate recordings, and sound interpretations of the geology seen in outcrop. Exercises include measuring and analysis of sedimentary sections, construction of geologic maps, structural analysis of folds and faults, slope stability analysis, and environmental assessments. Students will learn to use Brunton compasses, laptop and ruggedized tablet PC computers, GPS receivers, aerial photographs, topo maps, satellite images, and GIS databases in their projects. Field areas are in the Basin and Range, Colorado Plateau, and Rocky Mountain provinces. Geologic features to be examined are folded and faulted sedimentary strata of Paleozoic and Mesozoic age, regional metamorphic facies in Precambrian rocks, Cenozoic volcanism, pegmatites and plutonic rocks of Precambrian age, and Quaternary glacial deposits. Environmentally-related projects include slope stability analysis and environmental site assessments. Work to be submitted for evaluation includes field notebooks, field maps, drafted geologic maps and structure sections, and interpretative reports.
All meals while at the field camp, except two dinners, are covered by the program fee. While camping and staying in Nathrop, cooking and eating will be done on a communal basis. Everyone is expected to contribute his/her share of the chores such as cooking, washing dishes, and keeping the camp clean. Most duties are assigned on a rotating basis. Each person will be responsible for preparing his or her own lunch for the day. At Ft. Lewis, dinner will be taken in the campus cafeteria and each student will prepare their own sack lunch. Meals in Bowling Green and during travel to and from BGSU to the field camp are not covered.
Travel will be in university-owned 15-passenger vans occupied by no more than 10 persons. At least one staff member or one graduate assistant will be in each van at all times. University vans will be operated only by designated drivers cleared by the universities risk management office. Students are permitted to bring their own cars to the field course, but use of student cars for transportation to and from the field areas will not be permitted. Students will not be permitted to drive the vans for personal use for reasons of cost, liability, and insurance. All routine transportation costs are included in the course fee.
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