Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern by Steven J. Whitmeyer, David W. Mogk, Eric J. Pyle

By Steven J. Whitmeyer, David W. Mogk, Eric J. Pyle

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Concise reports are a part of each major exercise. Students are grouped into teams to (1) introduce the team concept and develop interpersonal skills that are fundamental components of many professions, (2) ensure safety, and (3) mix students with varying academic backgrounds and physical strengths. This approach has advantages and disadvantages. Students with academic strengths in specific areas assist those with less experience, thereby becoming engaged in the teaching process. , Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches: Geological Society of America Special Paper 461, p.

Those students either work full time or are engaged already in petroleum careers and need a formal education in geology. Thus, the demands of their professional lives complicate their efforts to schedule attendance at a field camp far from Houston. However, they all are required to take a field course as a capstone for their undergraduate major. For the University of Houston students, the opportunity to mix with students from different universities is exciting as well as challenging. The University of Houston faculty who teach at YBRA are collaborating with the YBRA faculty previously engaged by Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Timber Hill Basalt provides a very distinctive datum by which students can determine the fault’s offset and geometry (Fig. 2). The Sweetwater fault is part of an active system of northwest-trending normal faults that lie within the Intermountain seismic belt (Stickney, 2007). Since the fault is potentially active, the project provides an excellent opportunity for students to use their field data to predict the areas that are prone to geohazards such as surface rupture, liquefaction, and slope instability, and then to use those predictions to make landmanagement decisions.

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