EART 188A/B – Field Geology 

2018 Syllabus


Hilde Schwartz (hilde@ucsc.edu)

Noah Finnegan (nfinnega@ucsc.edu)

Spring Quarter Schedule (5 credits), 188A:

Lecture, Monday 1:30-2:30 PM                       EMS D236

Lab 1 Tuesday 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM                ISB 486

Lab 2 Friday 1:30 – 4:30 PM                            ISB 486


Develop Basic Quantitative Geospatial Skills:

Introduce coordinate systems and projections

Develop familiarity with ArcCatalogue, ArcMap, ArcScene and ArcPad

Do vector interpretations on raster data

Map scale and coordinate system designation, legend generation,

Use DEMs both for interpretation and for quantitative analysis

Landform Analysis; Basic Database operations

Become familiar with Juno and linked Trimble GPS

Work with computer-generated images in field

Class Schedule

April 2: Class Intro

Lab 1: No Lab

April 9: Why GIS, Data Concepts, Projections and Datums

Lab 2:  Creating an Index Map

April 16: Tectonic Architecture of Eastern California

Lab 3: Hilton Creek part I

April 23: Climate History of Eastern California

Lab 4:  Hilton Creek part II

April 30: Strike Slip Faults

Lab 5: Poverty Hills part I

May 7: Bedrock Landslides

Lab 6: Poverty Hills part II

May 14: Volcanic History of Eastern California

Lab 7: Panum Crater

May 21: TBD

Lab 8: Loading data onto Trimble Juno / Exploring GIS resources online

May 28: Memorial Day, no class

Lab 9:  DIY Presentations

June 4: TBD

Lab 10: Create Basemaps for 188A

June 26 (W): Mandatory Pre-departure meeting, 2-3:30 PM in EMS D226


Summer Quarter Schedule (5 Credits)

Poleta Fold Belt Mapping

June 27 (W) Meet at 2:00 p.m. in D236; bring gear to pack in UCSC vans

June 28 (Th) Depart UCSC at 8:00 a.m. for eastern California. Arrive Camp Ferguson (Westgard Pass) by 6:00 p.m. for dinner. Camp orientation at 8:00 p.m. Attendance required.

June 29 (F) Assemble camp. Introductory field trip.

June 30 (Sat) Measure stratigraphic section of the Poleta Fm. and lower Harkless Fm., Little Poleta.

July1-3 (Sun-T) Map in Little Poleta.

July 4 (W) Office Day; Little Poleta map and cross section due at 6 p.m.

July 5 (Th) Day Off

July 6-8 (F-Sun) Map in Big Poleta

July 9 (M) Field Trip: TBA (Eureka Dunes?)

July 10 (T) Map in Big Poleta

July 11(W) Office Day; Rock Descriptions and Stratigraphic Column due by 6:00 p.m.

July 12 (Th) Day Off

July 13-16 (F-M) Map in Big Poleta; July 16 = Dress-up Day!

July 17-18 (T-W) Office Days; Poleta report, map and cross sections due by 6:00 p.m. on July 18th; begin breaking down camp.

July 19 (Th) Finish camp break down by noon; one free night/day

July 20 (F) 188B begins; arrive at SNARL by 6 p.m.

Regional Geology of Eastern California Shear Zone

Nature of active faulting and how it relates to tectonics

Volcanism in Owens Valley to Mono Lake and how it relates to tectonics

Solve specific problems raised by the image interpretation

Integrate your field observations with the general geologic history


Learn to map active faults in a field setting through the interpretation of topography

Learn to interpret volcanic processes based on field observations of volcanic rocks and deposits

July 20 (Fr) arrive at SNARL by dinnertime (6:00 p.m.). Camp orientation at 8:00 p.m.

July 21 (Sa) Introductory Field Trip to Area

July 22-23 (Su-Mo) Hilton Creek Fault

July 24 (Tu) Work Day, Hilton Creek report due 6:00 PM

July 25-27 (We-Fr) Poverty Hills

July 28 (Sa) Work Day, Poverty Hills map and report due 6:00 PM

July 29 (Su) Panum Crater

July 30 (Mo) Work Day, Panum Crater report due 6:00 PM

July 31 (Tu) Clean up and leave SNARL by noon.