Since the semester has just started I hope I can get away with telling you a little bit about my summer as well! After watching my little brother Josh graduate from high school (HE’S AT BAYLOR NOW, TOO) I headed back to Waco to meet up with some fellow geology majors for field camp 2014. Baylor field camp is a five and a half week course (I got REALLY good at putting up/taking down my tent) where students learn how to make geologic maps and stratigraphic sections and everything we’d previously learned in our other classes was put to the test. The professors and graduate students leading us also taught us some handy dandy tricks to use when working in the field. Even though it was a class so we were turning in assignments and being tested on what we learned, I had a lot of fun seeing some really cool, beautiful geology and learning about the geologic history of our country.
Here are just a few pictures from our trip this summer:
Measuring a composite section of paleosols (ancient soils) at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona… We found many fossils and sharks teeth as well!
A quick stop at Zion National Park on our way through Utah to practice measuring strike and dip using our Brunton compasses
Snowball fights and more glacial geology in the Medicine Bow Mountain Range, Wyoming
Geologic mapping of the White Sand Dunes, New Mexico
Eleven (bonesquad) mile hike at the Grand Canyon North rim; we took GPS measurements at each formation on our way down so we could create a composite section from our elevation data.
Adventures in the beautiful state of Oregon, including Crater Lake where we studied and sketched glacial features, and Newberry National Volcanic Monument… SO MUCH BASALT!!!