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GS 183: California Desert Geologic Field Trip

Instructor: Gail Mahood

Field seminar. Three class meetings during Winter quarter followed by a 6-day field trip over Spring Break to Mojave Desert, Death Valley, and Owens Valley. Basin-and-range faulting, alluvial fans, playas, sand dunes, metamorphic rocks, granites of the Sierra Nevada, lava flows and and the deposits of supervolcanic eruptions, hot springs, ore deposits, and desert landscapes. Involves camping and some hiking. Recommended: introductory geology. Enrollment limited to 25 students; preference given to freshman and sophomores; additionally graduate students in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

Both undergrad and grad students should enroll in GS183: California Desert Geology for 1 units during Winter quarter.


$100 food fee. Field vehicles, tents, cooking equipment provided. Students are responsible for their own sleeping bag and pad, and ancillary expenses. See GS183 Courseworks site for more information or contact the instructor.

For more information contact Gail Mahood (