Africa Field Camp
Field camp will be held in South Africa for 4 weeks (28 days) beginning in early May. See the box at the top right for dates. This is a 6-credit 4-week field course.
The camp is designed to teach students the fundamentals of geologic mapping using modern tools and methods. You will use GPS and GIS as well as apps from your iPhone (or equivalent) to map rocks and sediments quickly and efficiently. You will learn about earth history in a part of the world you rarely hear about in your stateside clasees. And you will see firsthand some of the best geology in the world. The Western Cape in South Africa has excellent exposures of rocks ranging in age from Proterozoic to Paleozoic (Ladismith in the Karoo) to Modern (Langebaan on the Atlantic Coast).
Day 1-3: Paleozoic section near Cape Town for 3 days
Day 4-8: Langebaan (5 dayts) for mapping exercises in Recent sediments,
Day 9-13: Gordon's Bay (5 days), map Paleozoic rocks
Day 14-25: Ladismith for (12 days); map Mesozoic sediments
Day 26-28: Cape Town; climb Table Mtn., visit Sea Point
Pre-camp Field Trip
A pre-camp field trip to Southern Namibia will take place May 1-10. We will look at the Proterozoic geology along the Fish River Cayion and the Paleozoic geology in the Greater Karoo. These trips are not part of the field camp and will not require reports or maps.. Click here for details.
Table Mtn. Sandstones near Ladismith, S.A.
complex folding in Cambro-Ordovician sandstones of the Table Mountain Group in Sevesweepaort Canyon