MSU Geology in the Field

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Geologists from Michigan State University (including Kraig Koroleski - pictured here) get ready to measure stratigraphic section in the western Alaska Range!

Geologists from Michigan State University (including Kraig Koroleski - pictured here) get ready to measure stratigraphic section in the western Alaska Range!

Finally some Paleozoic sedimentary rocks in outcrop!  This looks like a great place to start measuring a stratigraphic section (MSU geology graduate student for scale)!

Finally some Paleozoic sedimentary rocks in outcrop!  This looks like a great place to start measuring a stratigraphic section (MSU geology graduate student for scale)!

Grizzly bear prints (hind paw) in the Alaska Range today…it looks like we aren’t the only ones looking for sedimentary rock outcrop!!

Grizzly bear prints (hind paw) in the Alaska Range today…it looks like we aren’t the only ones looking for sedimentary rock outcrop!!

MSU geologists are still in search of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks.  On the horizon are beautiful exposures of Jurassic-age, deep-marine sedimentary strata (i.e. turbidites). 

MSU geologists are still in search of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks.  On the horizon are beautiful exposures of Jurassic-age, deep-marine sedimentary strata (i.e. turbidites). 

Record-setting winter snowfall in the Alaska Range keeps MSU geologists hiking deeper into the mountains in search of sedimentary rock outcrop.

Record-setting winter snowfall in the Alaska Range keeps MSU geologists hiking deeper into the mountains in search of sedimentary rock outcrop.

Over the rivers and through the snow…Michigan State University geologists conducting field work in Alaska will do whatever it takes to get on the rocks!!

Over the rivers and through the snow…Michigan State University geologists conducting field work in Alaska will do whatever it takes to get on the rocks!!

After a long few days of rain/hail, we are greeted with some beautiful weather this morning.  Looks like a great day to get on the rocks and do some geology!!

After a long few days of rain/hail, we are greeted with some beautiful weather this morning.  Looks like a great day to get on the rocks and do some geology!!

Sep 8
koroles1:

Cody MacDonald and I in one of the many picturesque U-shaped glacial valleys of the Revelation Mountains, Alaska, 2011.  We’re here in Alaska on an NSF funded research project to gather rock samples for processing back in our lab at Michigan State University.  Our adviser Dr. Brian Hampton is taking the photo.

Kraig, welcome to tumblr.

koroles1:

Cody MacDonald and I in one of the many picturesque U-shaped glacial valleys of the Revelation Mountains, Alaska, 2011.  We’re here in Alaska on an NSF funded research project to gather rock samples for processing back in our lab at Michigan State University.  Our adviser Dr. Brian Hampton is taking the photo.

Kraig, welcome to tumblr.

Sep 7
The bad weather has arrived with ~20 hours straight of heavy rain and hail.  It looks like we are going to be tent-bound for another day…thanks goodness for the 4-season tent, rain fly, and a good book!!

The bad weather has arrived with ~20 hours straight of heavy rain and hail.  It looks like we are going to be tent-bound for another day…thanks goodness for the 4-season tent, rain fly, and a good book!!

MSU geology researchers prepare for some wet weather.  Tents and the kitchen are all set up and just in time as storms are on the forecast and bad weather is beginning to roll in!

MSU geology researchers prepare for some wet weather.  Tents and the kitchen are all set up and just in time as storms are on the forecast and bad weather is beginning to roll in!

After a relatively smooth flight through the Alaska Range we are ready to start setting up our field camp for the next few weeks.

After a relatively smooth flight through the Alaska Range we are ready to start setting up our field camp for the next few weeks.

The weather in the Alaska Range has opened up and we are scrambling to get our gear packed into the bush plane and get out to our field site.  With heavy rains and storms forecasted for the next 48 hours, we have only a short window to get dropped off in the backcountry!!

Summer 2012 is wrapping up and geologists from all over the world have been conducting their annual field work and research in some of the most remote location on Earth.  
Over the next few weeks, join faculty and students from the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University as we review our summer field experiences in some of the most classic field localities in North America!
ABOVE: Home-sweet-home for the summer in the highest mountain belt in North America (ALASKA RANGE)! 

Summer 2012 is wrapping up and geologists from all over the world have been conducting their annual field work and research in some of the most remote location on Earth. 

Over the next few weeks, join faculty and students from the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University as we review our summer field experiences in some of the most classic field localities in North America!

ABOVE: Home-sweet-home for the summer in the highest mountain belt in North America (ALASKA RANGE)! 

Water table detection through seismic refraction and GPR; a group project in Applied Geophysics class, Spring 2012 (Brittany, Courtney, Kauthar, Shiqian)

Apr 8

Surveying a 175-year old cemetery using GPR and magnetometry; a group project in Applied Geophysics class, Spring 2012 (Alex, Chad, Dan, Nicole, Yuteng)


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