Africa Field Camp
Field camp will be held in the Western Cape Province of South Africa beginning in early May. See the box at the right for cost and dates.
The camp is a "capstone" course for earth science majors in which students use the techniques and knowledge they have accumulated in their undergraduate program to produce geologic maps and reports. However, since many students arrive at camp with different backgrounds the first part of the course is a review the fundamentals of geologic mapping: calibrating compasses, taking strike and dip measurements, constructing cross-sections, compiling stratigraphic columns, etc. The course emphasizes the use of laptop computers and GPS to collect and record data quickly and efficiently in the field. Students use GIS software (e.g. QGIS) to produce geologic maps. The course presents aspects of earth history not usually discussed in North American curricula. Students have an opportunity to examine rocks from the Proterozoic to Recent in a logical sequence with explanations of how these rocks fit into the overall geologic history of South Africa.
May 13-18: Simons Town - Lower Paleozoic rocks, Cape Town vicinity
May 19-28: Ladismith- Middle & Upper Paleozoic near Ladismith in Little Karoo
May 29-June 2: Outshourn- Mesozoic in the Big Karoo
June 3-6: Duinepos - Recent Sediments is West Coast Park near Langebaan
June 7-9: Cape Town, Table Mtn., Sea Point, depart
Aid in planning a post-camp excursion will be offered to students and their friends and families wishing to see more of South Africa and visit some of the attractions. This excursion is not part of the field camp but is offered as an aid to those wanting to see more of S. Africa on an affordable (e.g. student) budget. The itinerary will be planned during camp by staff and those who are interested in extending their stay. Note that this is not as an academic program and there will be no instruction. A minimum number of participants will be required.
Transportation to South Africa
Several carriers provide service from the US to South Africa with convenient connections in Amsterdam and Istanbul and Johannesburg.