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.
2013 Michigan Tech Africa Field Camp
Duration and Dates
The field camp will convene for 4 weeks (28 days) and will be for 6 credits. See the box at the right for dates. The course may also be taken for CEUs at a significant savings. Students desiring an early camp may start a week early (see box to right).
This camp is designed to teach students the fundamentals of modern geologic mapping in areas of geologic significance. Both the Western Cape and Namibia meet this criteria with excellent exposures of rocks ranging in age from Proterozoic (Fish River in Namibia) to Paleozoic (Ladismith in the Karoo) to Modern (Langebaan on the Atlantic Coast).
Students will have ample opportunites to explore the geology of the Western Cape through periodic field trips and will be able to explore the local environment during free time in the evenings and days off.
Students attending the regular camp will arrive in Cape Town, examine the classic Paleozoic section for 2 days, then travel to the main field camp in Ladismith for 16 days before traveling to Namibia for 7 days. The camp will conclude with 3 days in Cape Town.
Students attending the early camp will spend 2 days in Cape Town, 7 days in Langebaan, 16 days in Ladismith (with the regular camp) and conclude in Cape Town for 3 days. (This camp does not travel to Namibia but students may go on that segment at extra cost. Contact Dr. Wood for details.)
OrangeAfrica and GTI Travel offer 10-14 day field trips that emphasize the geology of the Western Cape and Namibia. These programs are not part of the MTU field camp but in the past some students have found them attractive as pre- or post-camp excursions. Click here for details.