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August 31, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Geology Field Camp 2018

a tall man wearing a red shirt, black shorts, and a green hat is facing the camera. Students wearing backpacks and field gear face him with their backs to the camera. The backdrop is a mountain area with exposed geology in Montana

Doug Green instructs students during 2018 Geology Field Camp

by Keith Milam
Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Westward Ho! Part II of GEOL 4960: Field Geology is underway! Nineteen seniors from the Department of Geological Sciences are hard at work making bedrock geologic maps and cross sections of outstanding exposures in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. Students aren’t just learning to map. They’re learning to collect, organize, and analyze data in the field and to visualize complex geological settings in 3 and 4 dimensions. Although the work may be challenging, numerous students have been overheard saying, “I love it out here!” During their stay, students are living in rustic cabins high in the Beartooth Mountains outside of Red Lodge, Montana. This facility, located along the famed Beartooth Highway and situated not far from the  northeastern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, is operated by the non-profit Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA). The Department of Geological Sciences partners with YBRA each summer to provide top notch field experiences for all of our geology majors.

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