The week after graduation, Chris Van de Ven and Thom Wilch led 14 students on the Regional Field Geology class trip through Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Syllabus, Participant List). The main focus of the Wisconsin portion of the trip was on glacial features as they traveled through Kettle Moraine State Forest, the Baraboo Syncline and Devil’s Lake region, the Two Creeks buried forest, and Door County. We traveled through the Kettle Moraine State Forest examining textbook Late Wisconsin glacial landforms, including terminal and interlobate moraines, kettles, kames, eskers, and countless drumlins. A highlight was finding abundant wood and a tree stump from the 11,800-year old Two Creeks buried forest in a Lake Michigan bluff. The class took a break from Pleistocene glacial features to be guided through the Precambrian Baraboo Quartzite and the Devil’s Lake region by Dr. Gordon Medaris, emeritus professor of geology from the University of Wisconsin. Lisa Colville (’06), currently a University of Wisconsin master’s student joined us for a few days. After being well-fed and spending a night at Chris’s parents home at the very southern end of Door County, the class traveled to the U.P. There the class stayed in the Precambrian, examining banded iron formations (BIFs), rocks and features related to the Penokean orogeny and Keweenawan lavas. After a visit to Michigan Tech’s mineral museum and an underground tour of the Quincy Mine, Bill Rose of Michigan Tech led the class on a tour of spectacular Keweenaw Peninsula geology. Some highlights from the U.P. portion of the trip the class saw spectacular approximately 2 billion-year old banded iron formations (BIFs), 1 billion-year old stromatolites, and spectacular views of bluffs along Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It was cool and breezy most of the time, but only one rainy day and just a few snowflakes near Iron Mountain meant that we were quite lucky with the weather.
Thom Wilch and Beth and Tim Lincoln led 11 students (participant list. pdf )to Hawaii in March 2003 for the Regional Field Geology class trip (Itinerary). The trip began in Honolulu with visits to local tuff cones, including Hanauma Bay where we snorkeled to view the coral and fish, and Diamond Head overlooking Waikiki. We spent most of the trip on the Big Island. The first four nights were spent camping at Volcanoes National Park. We took three trips to see the active lava flows coming from the Pu’u O’o vent. We spent hours mesmerized by the lava as it slowly crept across the lava plain. The heat radiating from the flows was intense. Other highlights of the National Park included a hike through the Kileaua Iki crater and a visit to the lava tree plain. We took a side trip to Mauna Kea and summited the 14,000 foot volcano. After our stay in the National Park we drove south around the perimeter of the island. We took wonderful side trips to a black sand and green sand (olivine) beaches along the southeast coast. While swimming at the black sand beach we were surprised by sea turtles swimming with us. We spent two nights camping on a beach on the west coast. From here we visited the older volcanoes that make up the big island. We took some nice side trips to look at giant landslide scarps and deeply eroded valleys. Our trip ended in Hilo with a group dinner and night of hula dancing. Many of us volunteered (or were coerced) into joining in on stage. As part of the class, the students are completing web pages summarizing the trip and the geology of Hawaii (webpage assignment).
Click on title above to access the photogallery. Then click on thumbnails to see enlarged photos. Photos by Russ Clark.
Photos by Beth Lincoln. Click on Photogallery title above to link to photo thumbnails. Click on thumbnail to see slide show. Also see Course outline and participant list
Click on Photogallery title above to link to photo thumbnails. Click on thumbnail to see slide show. Photos by Thom Wilch.
Click on title above to activate page. The itinerary and class schedule for the NM-AZ regional are attached Regional Field Geology2000. A group photo of students and professor kids is shown below:
Photos were taken by Thom Wilch. Click on Photogallery title above to link to photo thumbnails. Click on thumbnail to see slide show.
Click on Photogallery title above to link to photo thumbnails. Click on thumbnail to see slide show. Photos by Tim Lincoln.
Click on Photogallery title above to link to photo thumbnails. Click on thumbnail to see slide show. Photos by Russ Clark.