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.

Boat Tours & Sea Cliffs

KILFENORA, IRELAND – We continued our exploration of the geology of County Clare on Wednesday morning with a boat trip in the Shannon Estuary. We departed from the docks at Carrigaholt and proceeded by boat out of the harbor (built in the 14th century) and passed an interesting historical convergence: the wreck of a WWII liberty ship, which was lying at the foot of a fort built to defend against a Napoleonic invasion that never came, at the foot of a hill topped by the ruins of a 6th century church.

Ancient Ecosystems & Loop Head

KILFENORA, IRELAND – Day two of our field course in western Ireland took us back to the limestone outcrops along the south side of Galway Bay. Dr. Best took the group to a set of amazing bedding plane exposures that preserve snapshots of communities of organisms that once lived on the Carboniferous sea floors of this region. Here, students gridded off the outcrop and carefully produced a series of amazingly detailed maps of fossil locations that helped us recreate the paleoecology of this ancient reef system.


KILFENORA, IRELAND – Today is the first official day of the 2012 Geology of County Clare field course led by Dr. Jim Best from the University of Illinois and sponsored by Shell Exploration and Production. We arrived in Dublin on the morning of May 12th and spent the rest of the day driving west on the M4 across Ireland’s midsection towards Galway.

CO Plateau Photo Contest winners!

STOCKTON, CA - While “the Plateau” was still coursing through our veins, we challenged the students who had gone on the 2012 GEOS 105 Spring Break field trip on the Colorado Plateau to a little photo contest. We asked students to submit two of their favorite pictures – one that they felt was “Just Plain Beautiful” and another that was “Just Plain Silly.” We received a number of fine entries and turned them around for a round of online judging by the same students.


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