12.114/12.115 Field Geology
Fall term: Class preparation for 4 week intensive field mapping project in Nevada and California during January IAP. The Fall course consists primarily of an introduction the field area and its geological context. Introduction to digital mapping techniques also takes place with sessions devoted to GIS training. A few daytrips to local areas complement classroom instruction.
The bulk of the course takes
place during IAP term in January. There, a month-long intensive field session
is taught in the southwestern desert. The focus changes from year to year
with the choice of field areas (in general, the class addresses the "white
spots" on maps rather than re-visiting known and perhaps more straightforward
areas). Students are introduced to geological and geomorphological mapping
techniques in a wide variety of bedrock and surficial environments using
both traditional (topographic and photographic base maps, eg.) and modern,
digital data collection techniques.
The Spring term involves the
production of maps, cross-sections and reports. This course counts as a
MIT "phase II" writing requirement, so a heavy emphasis is placed on acquiring
the skills to write clear, precise scientific prose. Weekly drafts are
submitted multiple times and subject to intense scrutiny.
INSTRUCTORS: B. Clark Burchfiel Kip V. Hodges
Last updated May 15,2002.