Goals: The Spring 2007 offering of GEOL288 is centered on a ten-day field excursion focusing on the field natural history of Arizona to occur from 3/16 through 3/25/07. This trip will highlight the Geology, Astronomy, Archaeology, Botany, and Zoology of various regions of the state. It is governed by a strict itinerary. All participants are expected to adhere to the travel and activity plan developed by the organizers.
Requirements / grades:
Automatic Fs: Due to the hazards inherent in the field sites we will visit and the logistical complexity of organization, it is imperative that all participants behave responsibly. Serious breaches of this standard, including the use of controlled substances or alcohol or disruptive, destructive, or dangerously irresponsible behavior will result in the perpetrator receiving a big fat disciplinary F for the course.
- Accompany the field trip and take full part in its activities, including the completion of required readings prior to departure. (50% of grade.)
- Turn in your installment of the Arizona 07 reaction paper: The course organizers will be preparing a web site describing the intellectual themes of the Spring break excursion. Its centerpiece will be a series of student essays describing our activities and relating them to the major intellectual themes of the trip. Each student will be responsible for a reaction paper addressing each of four major issues in Arizona natural history. These will be roughly the equivalent to a 3 - 5 page printed paper. and will be due on Monday, April 9. (50% of grade.)
- A default grade of A will be given for serious competent essays and participation. Lack of serious intent will result in a lower score.
Required texts: Participants are to be familiar with all reading material prior to our arrival in Phoenix.
- Price, L. Greer. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology. Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon, AZ. (Available through Amazon.com for $9.95. See attachment) ISBN 0-938216-68-6
- Houk, Rose and Tony Brown. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Ecology. Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon, AZ. ISBN 0-938216-54-6
- Coder, Christopher. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory. Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon, AZ. ISBN 0-938216-70-8
The above items may be ordered as a package for $19.95
- Powell, James L. Mysteries of Terra Firma. The Free Press, New York. Chapters 13 Glimpses of the Moon and 14 Moonlighting. ISBN 0-684-87282-X
- Plan to assemble for a final organizational meeting during the week before our departure (time TBA.)
- We assemble at BWI at 4:45 AM, 3/16.
- Flight information:
March 16 4:45 am Friday
Southwest Airlines Flight# 259
From: Baltimore Wash MD, 6:45am
To: Phoenix AZ, 11:25am
March 25 03:45pm Saturday
Southwest Airlines Flight# 922
From: Phoenix AZ, 11:10 am
Southwest Airlines Flight# 2395
To: Baltimore Wash MD, 08:50pm
||Airports and road cuts
Solar System origins
Native American archaeology
History of Astronomical Research
||Mather Campground, Grand Canyon
||Bright Angel Trail hike, Grand Canyon
introduction to Arizona biomes
Arizona geologic provinces
introduction to the Sonoran Biome
||Sonoran Desert Museum|
Tucson City Park hike
Basin and Range Geology
Kitt Peak National Observatory
|Return to Maryland|
- Full payment of air fare of $446.70 must be made to the trip coordinators by 1-22-07. (Payable to the University of Maryland.)
- Final payment of program fees: of $375.00 must be made to the trip coordinators by 2-2-07. (Payable to the University of Maryland.) If you don't pay either of these fees, we will assume you are dropping out of the program and forfeiting your deposit.
- Food: Program fees will cover the costs of gas, monument admissions, camping fees, breakfasts and lunches, and all of the food during the days that we camp at the Grand Canyon and in the Chiricahuas.
- Spending Money: You will be responsible for purchasing dinner on six nights; you may also need to buy one or two breakfasts (These are generally provided by the motel). You will need money for incidental expenses, snacks, and souvenirs. Students in the past have spent between $100-$150
Contact Information: TBA
- Participants are each allowed:
- One checked bag
- One carry on item
- In addition, each student will be responsible for one program bag or parcel. Do not pack your sleeping bag with your personal gear. We will pack these in program bags prior to our departure.
What to bring:
***Please pack light!!! You can bring ONE bag to check and one to carry on.
- If US citizen: Valid driver's license or other form of identification
- If not US citizen: Passport and up-to-date residency documents.
- In any case: Photocopies of id documents for instructors. (Good to leave copies at home, also.)
- Health Insurance information
- List of medications and their locations for instructors
- Personal toiletry/medical items (aspirin/ibuprofen recommended)
- Towel & face cloth
- Sleeping bag (sleeping pad is optional) Do not pack these with your personal gear.
- Hardback Journal
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Stiff plastic comb (6-8 inches)
- Personal knife/fork/spoon/bowl/plate/cup
- Hiking backpack
- Sunblock/ sunglasses
- Proper outdoor shoes or hiking boots.
- Canteen/water bottle
CLOTHING:Conditions will vary both geographically and during the day. In southern Arizona, it will be cold some mornings and nights, and mostly warm-hot during the days. In northern Arizona, we may well see snow. Bring layers.
- short and long sleeve t-shirts
- one or two sweatshirts/fleeces
- short and long pants.
- Bathing suit
- Enough socks/underwear for 10 days
- Two pairs of shoes (rec: hiking boots or sneakers and Tevas or something similar)
OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED:
- Camera, film, batteries
- Hat with visor
- Wet Wipes/Antibacterial cleanser
- Roll of toilet paper
- Field Guides (esp. Birds, Reptiles, Plants)