Lecture notes for Death Valley field trip.

Some comments on taking notes in the field.

Some major geographic features. It is useful to initially learn some place-name geography, that can serve as a basic reference frame for describing the geology. Below is a list of some major features.


Basic geologic history of general area.

The outline below can provide a historic framework to develop during the field trip. We should see rock from or evidence for all the major elements below during our trip.

Ongoing and more recent events:

Basin and Range Extension:

Deformation, intrusion and metamorphism related to active margin tectonics.

Passive margin sedimentation.

Continental rifting.

Deposition of Pahrump Group on a stable platform:

Precambrian metamorphism and mountain building:


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