WKU Geology Students Explore the Mojave Desert in Study Away Program

wku study awayWKU Geology Students Explore the Mojave Desert in Study Away Program

 

A group of 14 WKU geology majors and one faculty member are on a Students doing geological analysis in Mojave.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 mojave-groupin 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

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