Field Course in Neotectonics & Paleoseismology – May 22-31, 2013 in Crestone, Colorado, USA

Jim McCalpin will teach his 13th Field Course in Neotectonics and Paleoseismology from May 22-31, 2013 in Crestone, Colorado, USA. This is a “9-day summer Field Course, offered by the Crestone Science Center, which teaches the latest field techniques, but also contains evening lectures covering the entire field of Paleoseismology.”


Part 1 emphasizes photogeologic fault mapping, Quaternary geologic mapping, and tectonic geomorphology. After 2 days of basic instruction, each participant performs a 2-day Mini-Project that involves large-scale mapping an area of the Sangre de Cristo fault zone near Crestone. This fault zone is a typical Neogene Basin-and-Range normal fault, and displays complex fault scarps in Quaternary alluvial fans and moraines at the base of the rugged 2000 m-high range front.

Part 2 emphasizes detailed site studies such as trenching, soil profile description, and sampling for various dating techniques. Participants will log the walls of backhoe trenches excavated across the Sangre de Cristo fault, and will learn the philosophy of trench siting, excavation logistics, manual and digital logging techniques, as well as various schemes for defining trench mapping units.

Contact and details:
Phone: (719) 256-5228


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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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  • Fabien Rasselet | 2013-03-11|09:46 (UTC)

    Can anyone participate in these great field courses?

  • Christoph | 2013-03-12|11:37 (UTC)

    Yes, but I guess some experience with GIS and earthquake geology in general will be useful.

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