The fall field trip for 1998 was to Northern Minnesota. We visited Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Light House, Tettegouche State Park, and then went up into the Iron Range to learn about the iron deposits and the mining that goes on in that famous district. Here Clint Cowan, our sedimentologist, discusses layering in rock formations.
One of the interesting areas was the beach below Split Rock Lighthouse which has been exposed by the wave action of Lake Superior.
Luc and friends discussing what they've seen.
Dave and Mary listening to the discussion at Shovel Point.
At Tettegouche State Park we did a project analyzing morphology of various features of the pebble beach. Here Kate sights a level line as part of her team's measurement of the beach berm.
Bereket puts the banded jasper outcrop into its geologic context on the map.
Another interesting outcrop is this one near Tower, Minnesota, which had been prepared for our inspection (exposed and polished) by the last glacier.
Getting right down for a really good look...
Dean of Students Mark Govoni accompanied us on a couple of days of the trip. Here he is in the Hibbing Taconite Mine pit.
Mark was interested in getting a first-hand impression of what it's like to go on a Geo trip. He got a new perspective the evening he got put on K.P.
Other meals were slightly less orderly looking but nobody rejected the food.
A group photo on what is reputed to be one of the largest glacial erratics in Minnesota. This is on the property of the Hibbing Taconite Co. iron mine.