A group of 14 WKU geology majors and one faculty member are on a week long field excursion in the Mojave desert. So far, they have seen large scale and small scale structural and tectonic features, ancient volcanoes, salt pans, sand dunes erosional landforms, and a variety of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks. Along with broadening their studies, they have also bathed in hot springs, viewed the Milky Way Galaxy, sampled dates at a beautiful date farm, heard sonic booms from a nearby military base, and visited the lowest point in the U.S.
These students were lucky enough to witness to several rare events such as a sunrise rainbow, the super-bloom, and rain in Death Valley. Today, they will be mapping geologic structures in Rainbow Basin and characterizing granites in the western Mojave.
By Olivia Santangelo
March 9, 2016