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Geology
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Geology Field Courses


Current Offerings

GLG230: Arizona Top to Bottom

Previous Field courses

GLG230: Fire & Ice, 2012

GLG230: Colorado Plateau Geology, 2011

GLG230: New Mexico & Eastern Arizona Geology, 2010

GLG230: Colorado Plateau Geology, 2009

GLG229: Fire & Ice, 2008 with MCCTV documentaries
- "Fire and Ice" Part I
- "Fire and Ice" Part II
- "Fire and Ice" Part III
 
GLG229: Colorado Plateau Geology, 1998

 

Geology Extra Credit Field Trip Options- Fall, 2014

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SCROLLING DOWN ANY FURTHER!

Note: You can earn a MAXIMUM of 15 points extra credit using these trips for a geology LAB course (e.g. GLG103, GLG104, & GLG111). If we offer duplicate trips to the same location, you may not use the duplicate for extra credit (i.e. you may not do two identical Thunderbird Park trips for credit). Do-it yourself options are on the bottom of this page.

Note: Do not expect to get credit for the trip by just showing up without signing up in advance. Furthermore, if you are absent without prior notice or an emergency excuse, you may have taken away the field trip opportunity for a fellow student. As a consequence, we may take away any existing and future extra credit that you may have accumulated in the class for which you were planning to apply the extra credit. Please be considerate of your fellow classmates and the faculty who are volunteering their time to offer you these educational opportunities.

Note: You must use your official MCCCD email address (MEID@maricopa.edu) to sign-up for these trips. If you are unfamiliar with, or need assistance with your gmail account, please visit: http://www.gccaz.edu/hd/email/gmail/gmail.htm

Note: Check back to see if new options have been added.

Note: Be sure to check here just before your trip to see if it has been cancelled due to weather or other circumstances.


Saturday, October 25- Touring with the Professors- Central Arizona Geology. 15 points possible

Difficulty: Van-based Geology Tour of Central Arizona from Phoenix to Payson to Tonto Creek and return. Opportunity to collect rocks and fossils along the way.Low difficulty. Most stops simply involve getting out of the vans. A short level walk (~50 yards) along a dirt path to reach the fossils near Tonto Creek..

When: 8:00 a.m to around 4:30 p.m

Where: Meet in room PS 175 at 8:00 a.m for trip orientation. Trip will leave from Physical Sciences Building Parking lot. Park in the standard student lots.

What to Bring: Lab Manuals, Water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, pen/pencil and a picnic lunch. Bring a jacket if cool weather is predicted. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.

Instructors: Steve Kadel, Karrie Wood, Wayne Johnson & Gary Calderone. Be sure to return your worksheets to one of them upon conclusion of the exercise.

How to sign up: PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.


Friday, November 14- Hike with the Professors- Explore the Geology of Thunderbird Park. 10 points possible

Difficulty: The hike will be less than one mile length (round trip) and of low difficulty. We will be hiking about 100 yards up a hill on the west side of the park. We can then actually drive or hike to the central part of the park to complete the exercise.

When: 3:30 p.m to around 5:30 p.m

Where: Thunderbird Park near where 59th Avenue turns into Pinnacle Peak Road. Proceed north on 59th Avenue past the Loop 101. Continue northward past Deer Valley/Melinda Road. 0.5 miles past Deer Valley Road, turn left into the main entrance to Thunderbird Park. Proceed ~50 yards to the T-intersection. Turn right at the T-intersection and proceed a few tenths of a mile to the next possible right turn. Turn right and proceed until this road dead-ends into a parking lot. Park. Click here for a map. Seriously, click here for a map!

What to BringWater, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, your lab manual and a pen/pencil. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.

Instructors: Gary Calderone & Pam Nelson. Be sure to return your worksheets to the instructor(s) upon conclusion of the exercise.

How to sign up: PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.


Friday, November 21- Hike with the Professors- Explore the Geology of Thunderbird Park 10 points possible

Difficulty: The hike will be less than one mile length (round trip) and of low difficulty. We will be hiking about 100 yards up a hill on the west side of the park. We can then actually drive or hike to the central part of the park to complete the exercise.

When: 3:30 p.m to around 5:30 p.m

Where: Thunderbird Park near where 59th Avenue turns into Pinnacle Peak Road. Proceed north on 59th Avenue past the Loop 101. Continue northward past Deer Valley/Melinda Road. 0.5 miles past Deer Valley Road, turn left into the main entrance to Thunderbird Park. Proceed ~50 yards to the T-intersection. Turn right at the T-intersection and proceed a few tenths of a mile to the next possible right turn. Turn right and proceed until this road dead-ends into a parking lot. Park. Click here for a map. Seriously, click here for a map!

What to Bring: Water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, your lab manual and a pen/pencil. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.

Instructors: Karrie Wood & Pam Nelson. Be sure to return your worksheets to the instructor(s) upon conclusion of the exercise.

How to sign up: PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.


Do-It-Yourself Field Trip Options: 10 points possible for each.

1. Arizona Museum of Natural History (click here for their website for information and location). Download the do-it-yourself exercise here. Visit the Museum and complete the exercise and have it signed by a Museum official and return it to your instructor by November 26, 2014.

2. Arizona Science Center (click here for their website for information and location). Download the do-it-yourself exercise here. Visit the Museum and complete the exercise and have it signed by a Museum official and return it to your instructor byNovember 26, 2014.

Virtual Locality. See your instructor for availability.

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Last update: Friday September 12 2014