Georgia State University
Department of Geology
To see this
summer's Field Camp Schedule click on "Key
dates" & "Schedule
of Projects" on the Field Camp Homepage
State University Department of Geology will offer field camp in Dillon,
MT this summer. Field camp has remained a traditional mapping course
of the type valued most highly by graduate programs and employers.
the county seat of Beaverhead County. It
is located along I-15, 70 miles south of Butte in southwestern Montana,
just east of the continental divide, and approximately 150 miles northwest
of Yellowstone National Park and
400 miles south of Glacier
National Park. Mapping will be conducted on metamorphic, igneous,
and sedimentary rocks ranging in age from Archean to Recent.
Field camp includes two rigorous, introductory- and advanced-level
courses (upper division undergraduate or graduate) that emphasizes independent
Course Descriptions - Basic
Field Geology: GEOL 4120/6120 - 3 Semester Hours Credit
Completion of a core-curriculum science and consent of instructor
a day, six days a week for three weeks.
Introduction to field geology in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, with emphasis
on basic concepts and field methods. Construction of simple geologic maps,
cross sections, and stratigraphic columns, using topographic maps and
aerial photographs in the field. Includes a seven-day excursion to geologically
interesting areas of the U.S. Northwest. Open to teachers and students
majoring in Geography, anthropology, Biology, Environmental Science, or
others who are seeking a geological field experience.
Descriptions - Advanced
Field Geology: Geol 4121-6121 - 3 Semester Hours Credit
Geol 4006 and 4013, and consent of instructor;
Prerequisite or corequisite: Geol 4120/6120 or equivalent
a day, six days a week for three weeks.
Intensive geological mapping and interpretation in the Rocky Mountains
of Montana, with particular emphasis on complexly-deformed areas. Includes
mapping in folded and faulted sedimentary rocks, intrusive and volcanic
igneous rocks, and high-grade metamorphic basement terrain. Construction
of multiple cross sections for complex strructures and advanced interpretation
of geologic history of complex areas. Involves extensive, rough, off-trail
students will choose to attend field camp with this minimum preparation,
others will choose to postpone field camp until completion of most of
their upper-division geology courses. For most students there is
no particular advantage to doing it either way. Students eligible
to receive graduate credit for the course should register for Geol 6120
is conducted on topographic base maps and air photos, at a variety of
scales. Each student completes all work for each exercise, which
includes maps, air photos, cross-sections, stratigraphic columns, lithologic
descriptions, geologic histories, stereonets, etc.
Starting from Summer 2007 digital geological mapping, using toughbooks with embedded GPS and GIS, will be introduced in the two courses.
work in pairs in the field, but individually are responsible for completion
of each project. Students will be assigned several mapping projects,
each project taking from two days to five days in the field, covering
areas of 2-10 mi2. There will also be two or three one-day independent mapping exercises
(Independent Field days) which each student must complete and turn in without any
collaboration or assistance.
mapping part of the course, field trips and show-and-tell sessions by
the faculty are kept to a minimum. Mapping is conducted six days
per week for 7-8 hours in the field. Meetings, help sessions, and
drafting work on maps are reserved for the evenings. Letter grades
are assigned at the end of the course based on work completed during the
is the policy of field camp not to return maps and projects at the end
of field camp. Projects are kept indefinitely by the GSU Department
of Geology and are available for inspection at any time. Project
folders are available for inspection by prospective employers or graduate
schools at your request. Field notebooks are an exception; these
will be returned to the student at the end of camp.
for Field Camp
student is responsible for arranging his/her own transportation either
directly by car or bus to Dillon or by air. See the "Schedule of Project" for arrival dates, available at:
will provide transportation from Dillon for the ~8-day geology road trip
to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national Parks. Personal cars will not be allowed. Participation
in the road trip is required and is part of the official field camp program. There
will be several projects, quizzes, and a concluding exam over this portion
of the course. Students must keep, and hand in a field notebook for
this portion of the course.
may leave Dillon within minutes of having handed in the final project
early evening on the last field day. Students planning to fly out
of SLC Utah, and who need to get to SLC in the rental van, can depart at 7:00 AM the following day. The van normally leaves Dillon about
7:00 A.M. Please check the itinerary
for this summer.
arrangements while in Dillon will be double
or single occupancy dorm rooms at Western Montana College of The University
of Montana (WMC-UM), a small four-year campus of the University of
Montana. Sheets and pillow cases are provided and can be swapped
for clean ones once a week. Coin-operated washers and dryers are
available in each dorm. Refrigerators w/ or w/o microwave can be
rented for a small weekly fee. Breakfast and supper will be provided
Monday through Saturday at the cafeteria. Lunches, Sunday meals,
and meals on the road trip will be each student's responsibility. WMC-UM
is within walking distance of grocery stores, banks, post office, churches,
restaurants, and other types of stores.
You will need
a sleeping bag and tent for the Road trip. Generally, showers
and washers are available in the campgrounds, but count on one or two
campsites having no facilities. For those who do not wish to camp
out, motels are sometimes available but should not be depended on. There
will probably be at least one or two nights where everyone must camp out. Sleeping
in the van(s) will not be allowed. Meals during camping is the responsibility of the students, and is commonly prepared at the camp site (everyone pitches in).
can be received at camp addressed to:
Georgia State Geology
c/o Western Montana College
of The University of Montana
710 S. Atlantic
Dillon, MT 59725-3598
Emergency Phone: (406) 683-7565
also have a phone in your room that you can use for local calls or credit
card long distance calls.)
E-Mail: Dorm rooms have fast Internet connection. There
are also computer labs you can use to send and
receive e-mail, and access the Internet. Most computers are PCs running
Windows NT and latest OS, but there are a few Mac’s. If you have your own
laptop you can log in via your dorm connection (or even dial-up line) as long as your dial-up
service can be accessed with a call that is local, toll-free, or credit-card.
Memorial Hospital is located just a few hundred yards from WMC. The
center has a fully equipped emergency room, with doctors and nurses on
site 24 hours a day.
A. Babaie, Director of Field Camp; Ph.D., Northwestern University Personal
J. Fritz, Ph. D., University of Montana
E. La Tour, Ph. D., University of Western Ontario
TEXT and MAPS
R. R., 1985, Geology in the field: John Wiley and Sons, New York,
398 p. Amazon.com has it for
Geological Highway Maps:
Rocky Mountain Region
call: 800-364-AAPG or visit www.aapg.org .
map costs $12.00 + $1.25 S&H; v, mc, amex
Department will provide Brunton compasses, stereoscopes, air photos, and
base maps. The necessary equipment, which you must provide for yourself,
are listed on the course web site. Consider that some of the items
may be shared.
University is an equal opportunity institution and is an equal opportunity
educational institution, and students are admitted and treated without
regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, national or handicap.