Category Archives: Field Work

Fire and Seagulls: A Game of Rocks

Authored by Lonnie Hufford. When asked what you did over the summer, it is common to talk about the camping trips, picnics, or vacations you took. However, as a geologist who does field work you can almost always respond with, “I was in the field.” What this statement means is completely different to each geoscientist, as it may encompass months

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A Window into a Fossil Subduction Zone

Authored by Carolyn Tewksbury-Christle. Whitney Behr and Mark Helper, both fresh off several weeks of field work in Alaska, joined me in another field season exploring the geology of the Condrey Mountain Window. Straddling the California-Oregon border, the Condrey Mountain Window is a part of the Klamath Mountains and belongs to both the Rogue Valley and Klamath National Forests. This

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Fall field work on Syros – lots of sunshine, cats, and cool rocks!

In case you didn’t know… Syros represents a fossil subduction shear zone. Rocks were brought to eclogite facies conditions in the Eocene and exhumed through the Miocene, partially along the plate interface and partially by crustal scale low-angle normal faults of the North and West Cycladic Detachment Systems. We go there to study the structural and rheological evolution of several different

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First data from the Mojave Broadband Seismic Experiment, southern California

The first round of data has now been collected from our Mojave Broadband Seismic Experiment, funded by the Southern California Earthquake Center and the Jackson School of Geosciences, in collaboration with colleagues Thorsten Becker and Rob Porritt (U. Texas Austin), and Vera Schulte-Pelkam (U. Colorado Boulder).  Our primary goals with this project are to understand 1) the localisation of strain

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Mèlange, Glaciers & Bears, Oh My!

That pretty much sums up recent field work along the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska, USA, where I spent 16 days in July with UT Austin colleague Mark Helper and former UT M.S. student Kory Kirchner.  Our aim was a reconnaissance study of the Chugach accretionary complex, both along Turnagain Arm near Anchorage and along the southern Kenai Peninsula across

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