Undergraduate Field Research Opportunity
Investigating vein patterns in the
Badlands of South Dakota and Nebraska
All expenses paid, including 3 credits
of tuition, transportation, and food and lodging (we will be camping
most of the time!)
GEOL 4600 for 3 credits
For whom? If
you are interested in learning about geology and like working
outdoors then this is an opportunity specifically for you. There
are no prerequisites other than the interest in the topic and
willingness to participate. This is a National Science Foundation
funded program designed to promote science and math careers by
supporting students so they can participate in research programs
and work closely with faculty.
The earth is all cracked up, cracks everywhere, and all sorts
of crack patterns exist. This project will investigate the crack
patterns of mineralized veins found in the Badlands of South Dakota
and Nebraska, and is particularly well suited to participation
by those with no or little background in geology. The landscape
you will be working with is also strikingly beautiful. Additionally
you would learn some very useful software skills.
- Part a: June 4th-8th, 8 hour on campus preparation
(training and planning), exact time TBA.
- Part b: 5 June 11-16th - 6 days of travel
and field work.
- Part c: Final report due July 10th.
View of spectacular exposures in
the south unit of the Big Badland National Park, one of the areas
we will be working in.
View of chalcedony vein (grey 'fin'
running horizontally here), one of the features we will be studying.
View of curved but linked chalcedony
veins evident once the surface rubble has been cleared away.
If you have questions or wish to
participate please contact: Harmon Maher, Dept. of Geography and
Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE 68182-0199,
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