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2014 Precambrian Field Camp

  • JULY 6 - AUGUST 15

Camp is Full

(updated March 12, 2014)

Contact Jim Miller (mille066@umn.edu) if interested in registering

2013 Field Camp crew viewing deformed metasedimentary rocks at Thomson Dam

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Cost - $3,600 Includes Tuition, Fees, Room and Board (no out-state tuition)

Timelines for 2014 Field Camp

Early Application Period Begins- December 1-January 24

Intial Notice of Acceptance - January 28
Well-qualified applicants will be notified of acceptance

Late Application Period- January 28 - June 20
Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come-first served basis

Course Registration Begins - Early March

Registration closes - June 20

Camp begins - Sunday, July 6

2014 Field Camp Highlights

-Field mapping in diverse Precambrian terranes, including:
                Deformed metasedimentary rocks
                Layered mafic intrusions
                Plateau lavas and subvolcanic intrusions
                Banded iron-formation sequences
                Archean granite-greenstone belts
                Large-scale shear zones

- Mapping at various scales; from outcrop (1:250) to quadrangle (1:24,000)

- Recognizing metamorphic grade, deformational fabrics, alteration assemblages, and ore                 mineralization in the field

- Acquisition and interpretation of field geophysical data (gravity and magnetics)

- Glacial deposit mapping and introduction to drift prospecting

- Drill core logging of banded iron formation, mineralized gabbro, and tectonized                 greenstone assemblages

- Drift mapping in an underground iron mine (1/2 mile below surface)

- GIS compilation of field data (in ArcGIS) and digital map-making (in Illustrator)

CAPSTONE MAPPING PROJECT –Students will be divided into field parties of 3-6 students and an instructor during Week 5 to conduct detailed mapping in various geological terranes; the project areas have not been previously mapped in detail and will require backwoods field work, primitive camping and, in some cases, canoeing in a wilderness setting. 

Click here to see highlights of previous Capstone Projects