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GES183: California Desert Geology: Field trip to Death Valley and Owens Valley

Instructors: Gail Mahood

Field seminar. Two class meetings during Autumn quarter followed by a 5-day field trip over Thanksgiving recess to Death Valley, the deepest valley in North America. Active faulting, alluvial fans, playas, salt flats, sand dunes, metamorphic rocks, granites of the Sierra Nevada, volcanoes, warm springs, ore deposits, and desert landscapes. Involves camping and moderate hiking. Recommended: introductory geology. Enrollment limited to 30 students; preference given to students taking GES1B concurrently, freshman and sophomores.

Both undergrad and grad students should enroll in GES183: California Desert Geology for 1 units during Autumn quarter.


F$100 food fee. Field vehicles, tents, cooking equipment provided. Students are responsible for their own sleeping bag and pad, and ancillary expenses. See GES183 Courseworks site for more information or contact the instructor.

For more information contact Gail Mahood (