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Field Camp 2017
May 15 - June 13, 2017
Bring a computer; GPS and Compasses provided
Mineralogy, Petrology, Structure, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy, Computer Literacy
Students use GPS receivers and laptop computers. Field data can be analyzed and displayed using the following software: Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop and Excel. Reports are written using Word.
Optional: Apps for smartphones that plot locations on topographic maps in the field include:
For Apple iOS devices:
For Android devices:
Field Camp Schedule May 15 - June 13, 2017
Meet at UTA at 7AM to pack vans and leave for Las Vegas, NM at 8AM (approximately 11 hour drive)
Structural Analysis of the Laramide Mountain Front at Las Vegas, NM; Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic stratigraphy and sedimentary systems near Las Vegas, NM; Mapping structure and stratigraphy near Las Vegas, NM.
Travel from Las Vegas to El Rito, NM. Afternoon field trip to Rio Grande Rift.
Regional Geology and and analysis of Igneous and metamorphic rocks in the vicinity of the Rio Grande Rift; Mapping metamorphic rocks in the Tusas mountains.
Return to Arlington
General PoliciesField Camp 2016 will run from Monday, May 15 through Wednesday, June 14, 2016. You should make no other plans for this period. You will be occupied every minute.
Equipment and SuppliesThe university provides special items and materials needed to carry out individual projects (GPS Receivers, Compasses, Communicators, Hand Levels, Jacob Staffs, and Maps). Students must bring a computer capable of running Adobe Illustrator. A USB drive is necessary to store files.
The following list includes items that you will need, but are not provided by the University:
Weather will vary from hot and dry (in the low 90's) to mild and raining. Temperatures at night in may be in the 50's. Shorts are fine along roadcuts, but wear long pants and sleeves when mapping to avoid cuts by brush. Choose your clothing with care, and remember that the more comfortable you are in the field, the less distracted you will be from your work.
Everyone is safe if they are aware of dangers and take precautions. In the field, people have hand communicators and work in teams so there is someone nearby if you get into trouble. The following are the primary dangers in New Mexico:
Most minor injuries come from slipping and falling in the field. There are no trails, and loose rocks and steep hillsides are common. Always walk slowly and look before you step. Keep away from cliff edges which may give way. Please get in shape before you come; take a strength or aerobic class.
Some projects are on road cuts. Instructors put out cones to warn drivers, but stay off the pavement and avoid death or injury from a distracted driver. Students are required to wear orange construction worker vests.
Northern New Mexico is a plague area. Plague is usually carried by fleas, which live on most mammals and rodents. Avoid close contact with rodents and other mammals, and if you develop a fever, see a doctor. Plague is easy to arrest in the early stages.
Northern New Mexico also reports cases of Hantavirus, which can also be fatal if not treated early. It is spread through rodent fecal matter that accumulates in old buildings and nests. Stay out of abandoned buildings and don't rummage around in animal or bird nests.
In New Mexico, you will be usually working in low humidity at elevations around 7000'. Before setting out, drink as much water as you can and carry at least 2 Liters of water with you. Move slowly and steadily. If you do get overheated and/or dizzy, find shade, drink water, and rest a while.
Don't drink from streams, pools etc. All have nasty pathogens and parasites.
Ticks, mosquitoes and gnats are rare, but a horse fly may bite you. Ticks are dangerous as a carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fever is the main symptom, so see a doctor if you have an elevated temperature. Lyme disease is possible but not common in New Mexico. Ticks will crawl around on you for some time before sucking, and it is sufficient to check yourself at the end of the day.
Bears and mountain lions exist in the New Mexico Mountains. A bear was seen in 2001, as well as mountain lion tracks. If you do see one, let your partners know, don't turn and run, but back away slowly, facing the animal.
Scrub Oak, brush and cactus can cut and puncture your legs if you don't wear long clothing that covers your limbs. Poison Oak and Ivy occur in damp, shady canyons.
Afternoon thundershowers (with hail) may occur. If you hear or see an approaching storm, leave high ground IMMEDIATELY. Large hail stones can injure you, so use your backpack or clipboard to protect your head if necessary.