Field Trips

Beachside geology

HALF MOON BAY – On October 4 and 5, Dr. Pearson's Sedimentary Petrology class (GEOS 112) spent two great days on the central California coastline south of Half Moon Bay.  We visited Bean Hollow, Pomponino, Pescsadero, Gazos, and Ano Nuevo Beaches and studied the cliff outcrops of the Upper Cretaceous Pigeon Point Formation and the Miocene-Pliocene Purisima Formation.  We also spent time observing beaches and digging in the beach sand to observe beach lamination.

A Japanese-American weekend in the Sierras

DONNER PASS, CA – Geology majors Brittany Klemm (’14) and Christina Colburn(’13) spent the weekend with Dr. Burmeister and members of the Japanese Granite Study Group examining the petrogenesis of granitic plutons in the Donner Pass area of the Northern Sierra Nevada, just west of Donner Lake (the site of the infamous Donner Partytragedy) and Truckee, CA.

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