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Phi Beta Rock at Bryce Canyon (2007)

 

GEOLOGY Weekend College Trips, Spring 2014

It was a busy spring for our Weekend College classes.  Mark Ferns led his GEOL 105 Earthquakes and Volcanoes class on an exciting (and cold!) field trip to the Leslie Gulch area.  Only 3 flat tires!

Mark Ferns' GEOL 105 Earthquakes and Volcanoes poses in Leslie Gulch, the Yellowstone of the Miocene epoch.

Mark Ferns’ GEOL 105 Earthquakes and Volcanoes poses in Leslie Gulch, the Yellowstone of the Miocene epoch.

Which way did the pyroclastic flows come from?

Which way did the pyroclastic flows come from?

Are we having fun yet?

Are we having fun yet?

Jay Van Tassell guided his GEOL 310 Geology of the Grande Ronde Valley class in April on a trip around the Grande Ronde Valley and up to Anthony Lakes, where the weather was fabulous.  One student from the Bahamas got to see snow for the first time on a beautiful blue-sky day!

It's a bit cold on the side of Mt. Harris for the GEOL 310 Grande Ronde Valley class, but nothing like it gets in February!

It’s a bit cold on the side of Mt. Harris for the GEOL 310 Grande Ronde Valley class, but nothing like it gets in February!

The GEOL 310 Grande Ronde Valley class enjoys a beautiful day at Anthony Lakes.

The GEOL 310 Grande Ronde Valley class enjoys a beautiful day at Anthony Lakes.

In May, Jay led his GEOL 310 John Day Fossils class to the Dayville and Mitchell areas, including a new Cretaceous site where the students found some beautiful cephalopods, echinoids, and bivalves, and gastropods.  We also found a sample that may contain vermetid gastropods, also known as “worm gastropods”!

Our GEOL 310 John Day Fossils class poses at the Painted Hills after a cold, wet and snowy day collecting fossils in the Mitchell area.

Our GEOL 310 John Day Fossils class poses at the Painted Hills after a cold, wet and snowy day collecting fossils in the Mitchell area.

GEOL 451 Hydrology Trips, Spring 2014

This year’s Hydrology class was happy to discover that that there water in the Powder River in the Keating Valley in contrast to the trip last year when the river was dry.  The students picked up the techniques of stream gaging quickly and had a great time using the flow meter and pipe dredge!

The GEOL 451 Hydrology class prepares to measure the flow of the Grande Ronde River near Starkey, OR.

The GEOL 451 Hydrology class prepares to measure the flow of the Grande Ronde River near Starkey, OR.

Chane' Nelson, Steve Valecer, and Don Scott measure the depth of the Grande Ronde River at Hilgard, OR.

Chane’ Nelson, Steve Valecer, and Don Scott measure the depth of the Grande Ronde River at Hilgard, OR.

Chane' Nelson takes notes on the bridge across the Powder River near Richland, OR.

Chane’ Nelson takes notes on the bridge across the Powder River near Richland, OR.

The GEOL 451 Hydrology class poses at Hells Canyon Dam after a long day measuring stream flow on the Powder River and examining outcrops in Hells Canyon.

The GEOL 451 Hydrology class poses at Hells Canyon Dam after a long day measuring stream flow on the Powder River and examining outcrops in Hells Canyon.

GEOL 311 Mineralogy Trip, Winter 2014

The winter weather was not too bad as we headed down to the Oregon Trail Museum to look at their mining display and then off to visit the basanite vent nearby in the Keating Valley.  The Baker Heritage Museum’s display of minerals was a big hit, especially the black light display, but the best part was yet to come– collecting feldspars in Lime and zeolites near Farewell Bend.  What a great way to spend a winter day!

Cole Griffin and Chane' Nelson examine the stamp mill in the Baker Heritage Museum.

Cole Griffin and Chane’ Nelson examine the stamp mill in the Baker Heritage Museum

Chane' poses with a huge spray of quartz crystals in the Baker Heritage Museum.

Chane’ poses with a huge spray of quartz crystals in the Baker Heritage Museum.

The black light display of fluorescent minerals in the Baker Heritage Museum is spectacular!

The black light display of fluorescent minerals in the Baker Heritage Museum is spectacular!

Cole and Chane' hunt for orthoclase feldspar crystals near Lime.  Carlsbad and Manebach twins were common, but Baveno twins eluded us!

Cole and Chane’ hunt for orthoclase feldspar crystals near Lime. Carlsbad and Manebach twins were common, but Baveno twins eluded us!

 

GEOL 201 Physical Geology Trip, Fall 2013

The tamaracks at Boulder Park were in full color when we arrived this year– two beautiful fall days in the mountains!  This year we pondered whether what the rock unit that has been called Hurwal in this area is actually part of the Martin Bridge Formation, but we haven’t solved the dilemma yet.  Maybe next year!  A great time was had by all!

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Mirren Urrea at the Main Eagle outcrop (left) and Eric Jacobs (right) collecting limestone at Torchlight Gulch.


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Emily Palmer and Richard Duvall on Sawtooth.

Saturday on SawtoothBP118Saturday’s group (top) and Sunday’s group (bottom) on top of Sawtooth Crater.

Down the MountainHeading down the mountain toward home.

 

GEOL 334 Sedimentology Trip, Fall 2013

It is supposed to be cold and rainy with a storm or a tsunami on the horizon when we head to the beach for our Sedimentology trip.  Not this year!  Shirt sleeves and blue skies– where are we, really?  A great time was had by all!

The group (Jesta Knoles, Sky Hickey, Kara Harris, Cole Griffin, Garrett Zinzer, Don Scott, Chane’ Nelson, and Josh Roth at Arcadia Beach (top left), Fort Stevens (top right), Nehalem Beach (bottom left), and Hug Point (bottom right).

Arcadia BeachPeter Iredale wreck Nehalem Sunset 2013Hug Point 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GEOL 203 Historical Geology Trip, Spring 2013

It was a great weekend to go to John Day.  The group was small, but enthusiastic.  We postponed hunting for cephalopods  due to a bit of rain.  Better luck next year!

The group poses at the Cant Ranch.  From left to right: Jay Van Tassell, Chane’ Nelson, Sweety Kalberg, Jesta Knowles, and Mana Victorino (April Van Tassell photo).
 
 

 

 
 
 
                           
 
Jesta Knoles (left) and Mana Victorino (right)
 

 
 
 
Chane’ Nelson (left) and Sweety Kalberg (right).
 
                              Sweety shows off her leaf fossil from the Clarno Formation.

 

 

 GEOL 451 Hydrology Trip, Spring 2013

It’s supposed to rain for a hydrology trip, but this didn’t happen this year!  It was beautiful on Saturday’s trip to the upper Grande Ronde River and Sunday’s trip to examine the North Powder River had beautiful blue skies as well.  There was only one problem– when we got to our first stop on the Powder River on Sunday, the river wasn’t flowing!  We found out later that the flow had been shut off at Thief Valley Reservoir.  Oh well, we had a good time anyway!

                     The class measures the flow of the Grande Ronde River at Hilgard.
 
                     Jalina Johnston shows the correct way to hold the surveying rod.
 

 

 
The class poses at Hells Canyon Dam (left to right:  Sky Hickey, Nicole Gannon, Kara Harris, Josh Roth, Jalina Johnston, Amy Tomlinson, and Mark Bunch)