Montana State University

ERTH 594-801: Field Geology Summer 2014: Bahama Montana

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Bozeman, MT
Jun 27-Jun 28, 2014
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $388.50
Instructor(s): Dave Lageson

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Course Description

Bahama Montana" is an excursion into the blue, tropical marine waters that once covered Montana between 400 and 300 million years ago, and the fossil-rich sedimentary rocks that were deposited during this time. These rocks now form the sharp, serrated crest of the Bridger Mountain Range. This one-day field course will focus on observations and concepts that enable geologists to interpret the stratigraphy, invertebrate fossil content, past depositional environments, and geologic history from the ancient sedimentary units that comprise the highest peaks of the Bridger Range near Sacagawea Peak (966 ft/2946 m). Be prepared for a day of brisk hiking in a high alpine setting, collecting fossils of extinct Paleozoic marine invertebrate organisms (crinoids, brachiopods, bryozoans, horn corals, tabulate corals, etc.), and learning to interpret the sedimentary and tectonic history of this incredible outdoor classroom called the Bridger Range. An important objective of the field trip is to study the unique and exceptionally well-exposed Waulsortian bioherms (carbonate mounds) in the lower Lodgepole Limestone (Mississippian Period) south of Sacagawea Peak.

Recommended field equipment:
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support
  • Day pack
  • Lunch, snacks, and lots of water (hydration system)
  • Rain gear and layers that can be added or shed, depending on fluctuating temperatures in the high alpine. Extra cloths (layers) for rapid changes in the weather
  • Field notebook (waterproof paper), pencils, pens, clipboard
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking pole (ski pole or Leki walking pole)
Physical fitness requirements: All participants must be in good physical condition. The course will involve hiking all day at a brisk pace in rough terrain at high elevation in excess of 5,000 feet above sea level, often involving very steep, unstable topography. Be prepared for a long day in the field!

Meeting Place and Times

Class: Friday, June 27th - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Gaines Hall 043
Field Trip: Saturday, June 28th - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Instructor(s)

Dave Lageson.

Dave Lageson is a Professor of Geology at Montana State University. He has taught at MSU for 32 years and is former head of the Department of Earth Sciences. His specialty is structural geology and tectonics and he conducts active research in these areas with a team of graduate students under his direction. He is a Fellow of The Geological Society of America and The Geological Society of London.

Prerequisites

Physical fitness requirements: All participants must be in good physical condition. The course will involve hiking all day at a brisk pace in rough terrain at high elevation in excess of 5,000 feet above sea level, often involving very steep, unstable topography. Be prepared for a long day in the field!

Target Audience

Restricted Entry for Science Educators

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition$266.50
 Program Fee $118.50
 Computer Fee$3.50
 Total$388.50

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Materials will be provided by the instructor.

For More Information

contact Diana Paterson at dianap@montana.edu or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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