HAYS, KS -- Beginning days at 7 a.m., hiking up rugged terrain, and using machinery with names like "geometric cesium magnetometer" is all in a day's work for the 12 students enrolled in Fort Hays State University's 2001 Geology Field Camp.
"Students who take the class will become team players and gain self motivation, communication skills, computer and field skills, friendships and much more," said Dr. Ken Neuhauser, professor of geosciences.
The camp will begin May 27 at FHSU with a meet-and-greet session. The class will then travel to Empire Minton Park in Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, Capitol Reef Monument in Utah, and Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.
The camp will incorporate large and small sites beginning with the undemanding and progressing to the more complex in Dinosaur National Park, San Rafael Swell in Utah, as well as the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
A typical daily routine for field camp consists of breakfast between 7-8 a.m. Field projects or travel then begin and last until 5 p.m., followed by supper. Evenings consist of in-camp student study.
"I am excited for the students and myself to learn more and I look forward to teaching this course," said Neuhauser.
This year's field camp is somewhat special due to the additional seminars being provided. The Jet Propulsion Lab and Pan American Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences (PACES) will put on a seminar in the field discussing the geologic mapping project in Dinosaur National Monument. FHSU was one of three universities selected by PACES for the 2001 field season.
"We are honored to say the least. It reflects on the quality of FHSU's Geology Field Camp," said Neuhauser.
The second seminar is a presentation by FHSU alumnus Steve DeAlbuquerque, head of Phillips Petroleum E&P Americas Division, who will speak on sub-surface structural trends related to surface geology. He will take the class to a coal-methane drill site near Price, UT.
The third seminar will be with Steve Onorofski of Eagle Gypsum Products Company. He will lecture over processing and materials. Onorofski will guide the class on a tour of the gypsum mine at San Rafael Swell and allow students to collect minerals.
Mike Price, specialist on ArcView GIS mining equipment, of Environmental Systems Research Institute will give the final seminar. He will present information on ArcView databases, mapping and depositional environmental analysis. The students will participate in a workshop on ArcView databases related to the class's dinosaur dig site in Utah. The dinosaur dig site in Utah has lead to a new display in Tomanek Hall that will be unveiled in the spring of 2002.
Another GIS seminar will be given by PenWell Mapsearch in Durango, CO. The seminar will focus on showing the students how GIS integrates remote sensing images with pipelines, refineries, and other energy related industries.
"I love every aspect of field geology and now with the technology aspect added to the traditional field techniques it's even more exciting and will make for an interesting and fascinating field camp," said Neuhauser.