August 9, 2011
Cheryl Reitan | Interim director | UMD Public Relations and Marketing | 218 726-8996 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Miller | Professor and geology camp instructor | UMD Department of Geology | 218 726-6582 | email@example.com
UMD's Precambrian Field Camp
"Students from our geology field camp," said Miller. "Learn a special skill set that is in great demand locally and globally."
Daily field exercises are scheduled throughout northern Minnesota, including the North Shore, Ely, and the Mesabi Range. Miller and the 22 geology students accepted into the camp focus on mapping the Precambrian terranes of the region.
The Precambrian era began 4.5 billion years ago with the planet's creation. It ended almost four billion years later with the emergence of multi-celled life forms. UMD's Precambrian field camp is an opportunity for students to map different rocks, measure their orientations, and envision the four-dimensional geologic structures beneath the earth's surface.
UMD geology major, Taylor Balogh, has found that the hands-on skills developed during his camp experience are the best part about the program. "I really like the actual mapping," said Balogh. "And seeing how the landscape has changed over all these years."