Good Earth scientists are people who are able to make basic observations, represent their work in clear and readable formats, ask questions about their own ideas, and who constantly think about both how to interpret their maps and know where the map doesn't make sense. These are learned abilities and require a coordinated set of skills, which we hope to introduce you to in this course.

The course consists of three geologic mapping exercises in order of increasing complexity. The goals of this course are to learn how to...

  1. accurately locate yourself and geologic features on maps;
  2. develop basic rock descriptions;
  3. recognize boundaries, contacts, between different rock types and different geomorphic surfaces; trace contacts in the field, and plot their locations in a representative manner on maps;
  4. recognize and record structural data (attitudes of beds, faults and folds);
  5. create an organized, thorough record of field observations in a field book;
  6. synthesize and interpret map relationships;
  7. construct geologic cross-sections that are consistent with your map; and
  8. develop a geologic history on the basis of field relationships.


Grades are assigned on the basis of three field exercises. All the work for the class will be completed and turned in on the last day in Bishop.

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