Chapman's Peak Drive in Western Cape Province, South Africa. Here the highway marks the unconformity that separates the Cambro-Ordovician sandstones of the Peninsula Group from the Precambrian granites just below. This is a popular hike usually taken by students in the first day or two of camp. The Southern Atlantic looms in the background.
2014 Michigan Tech Africa Field Camp
This year field camp will be held in South Africa.
The field camp will meet for 4 weeks (28 days) in early May. See the box at the right for dates.
This 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).
Brief Camp Itinerary
Students attending the regular camp will arrive in Cape Town, examine the classic Paleozoic section there for 3 days (see photo above), travel to Langebaan (5 days) for an initial check-out and study of Recent sediments, then travel to the main field camps in Gordon's Bay (5 days) then Ladismith for (12 days). The camp will conclude with 3 days in Cape Town.
OrangeAfrica offer trips that compliment the field camp and emphasize the geology of the Western Cape and Namibia. These programs are not part of the field camp but in the past some students have found them attractive as pre- or post-camp excursions. Click here for details.
NOTE: This camp is offered for academic credits only; for the camp that is offered for CEU's (Continuing Education Units) click here.