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Field Trips

  • Students visit CVNP

    Field Trip to Cuyahoga Valley NP

    Beautiful weather and local geology conspired to bring out nearly 100 students to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park on Sunday April 15. Students from the Stark Campus in Dr. Carrie Schweitzer’s Earth History class and the Kent Campus in Dr. Rod Feldmann’s Earth History class and the Earth History Laboratory sections run by Adina and Ovidiu Franţescu and Cristina Robins enjoyed the trip.Students examined weathering of headstones, stream erosion, and rock types and formation of ledges in the park. For many, it was their first trip and a great introduction to our National Park!  See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.

  • photo by Sean Hunter

    Mississippian-Pennslyvania Strata of West Virginia

    The students in the Department of Geology's upper division Sedimentology and Stratigraphy class had the opportunity to put what they learned in the classroom to practical use this weekend. With spectacular weather - and about one third of our majors in tow - Dr. Ortiz headed down to wild and wonderful West Virginia with his students to travel back in time and study geologic formations laid down under shallow marine and coastal conditions about 350 to 300 million years ago during the transition from the Mississippian to the Pennsylvanian Periods. Photo by Sean Hunter.  See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.
  • WV Field Trip Group Photo by Sean Hunter

    Mississippian-Pennslyvania Strata of West Virginia

    Students had the opportunity to integrate what they learned in Earth Materials, Invertebrate Paleontology and Structural Geology as they identified geologic formations, found fossil plants and animals and study erosive formation boundaries between sedimentary strata generated by the tectonic forces of continental collision. Photo by Sean Hunter.  See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.

  • River in WV photo by Joe Ortiz

    Mississippian-Pennslyvania Strata of West Virginia

    New River Gorge as seen from Grandview Overlook, West Virginia. Photo by Joseph Ortiz.  See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.

  • MappingQuadratsAtCaesar Creek

    Paleontology Field Trip

    With beautiful April weather, Professors Rod Feldmann and Carrie Schweitzer lead paleontology students to Caesar Creek (Ordovician), Oakes Quarry (Silurian), and East Quarry (Devonian) to collect fossil specimens and map quadrats.  See other Field Trips offered in undergraduate classes in Geology.

Virginia Kendall Trip 2012

Earth and Life through Time Field Trip

Each semester, an optional, extra credit field trip is offered for lecture and laboratory students in Earth and Life through Time.  The trip typically visits Virginia Kendall Park within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  In addition to being beautiful, the site offers the opportunity for students to examine and interpret modern stream processes and the nature of deposits developed in a meandering stream as well as to contrast those sedimentary deposits with the sediments deposited by a Pennsylvanian age braided stream complex preserved in the Sharon Sandstone.  Students will also have the opportunity to squeeze through huge joints in the formation that have opened up as a resulting from mass movements of blocks of the sandstone downslope.  The trip is fun as well as instructional. 

 

StarkPaleoFT

 Invertebrate Paleontology Field Trip

LOCATION: Caesar Creek State Park, OH; Oakes Quarry Park, Fairborn, OH; Kelleys Island, OH

DATES: Spring

COURSE AND CREDITS:  GEOL 34061 - Invertebrate Paleontology - 4 credits

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Carrie Schweitzer, Stark

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP: Students examine fossiliferous carbonate rocks of three different ages. Ordovician rocks are exposed at Caesar Creek State Park; Silurian rocks are seen at Oakes Quarry Park; and the Devonian series is well exposed on Kelleys Island. Students measure one-half meter quadrats at each locality, identifying the various fossils in the quadrat and plotting the location of each fossil in the quadrat. They then compose a report comparing the diversity of species at each locality as well as the distribution of fossils in time and space. Examination of the occurrence of fossils over the Ordovician through the Devonian gives students the opportunity to see how marine communities changed through the early to middle Paleozoic in the epicontinental sea in Ohio. Students also get the chance to collect fossils for their personal collection at each locality, and the world famous glacial grooves are viewed at Kelleys Island.

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS:  Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)

Invertebrate Paleontology Field Trip

Invertebrate Paleontology Field Trip 

LOCATION:  Caesar Creek State Park, OH

DATES: Fall

COURSE AND CREDITS: GEOL 34061 - Invertebrate Paleontology - 4 credits 

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Alison Smith, Kent

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP: Caesar Creek State Park is well known for its classic exposures of the Upper Ordovician strata of North America: it is in fact the type area for some of the exposed formations. Formations that outcrop at Caesar Creek include the Waynesville, Liberty and Whitewater Formations. The inter-bedded shales and limestones are highly fossiliferous, providing world-class collecting for the students. Fossils that are collected on the trip are taken back to the laboratory to be cleaned and identified during the lab associated with the class. Kent State is lucky to be located within easy driving distance to this world class fossil collecting locality.

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS: Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)

Structure Field Trip

Structural Geology Field Trip

LOCATION: Northern West Virginia 

DATES: Spring

COURSE AND CREDITS: GEOL 31080 - Structural Geology - 4 credits 

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Daniel Holm, Kent

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP: Dr. Daniel Holm takes the undergraduate Structural Geology class on a three-day field trip to northern West Virginia to map in the Valley and Ridge Province.  Students are oriented to the large scale first and second order features of the province on the first day and then spend one or two days doing a detailed mapping project.

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS:  Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)

Engineering Geology Field Trip

Engineering Geology Field Trip

LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding areas

DATES: Fall

COURSE AND CREDITS:GEOL 4/52078 - Engineering Geology - 4 credits 

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Abdul Shakoor, Kent

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP:  Engineering geology students travel with Dr. Abdul Shakoor to learn about landslide activity and mine subsidence problems. They visit various places in Pennsylvania to see dam construction and other engineering geology features including construction or mitigation methods. Those who take the Rock Slope Stability course get to visit Radford University during a joint field trip dealing with stability of rock slopes in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. 

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS:  Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)

Stratigraphy Field Trip

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Field Trip

LOCATION:  Virgina Coastal Plain and vicinity, Virgina and Maryland

DATES:  Spring

COURSE AND CREDITS: GEOL 4/54070 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy - 4 credits 

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Joseph Ortiz, Kent

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP: Field sites in the coastal plain provide an unprecedented view of Paleocene, Eocene, and Miocene formations of the Chesapeake-Delaware Basin. Observations at a series of outcrops provide students with the opportunity to improve their critical thinking skills and to develop an understanding of the stratigraphic sequences and paleoenvironments of the field areas. Many of the units contain spectacular molluscan assemblages which provide biostratigraphic control and information useful for paleoecological reconstruction. The trip is conducted in association with Dr. Alton Dooley of the Virgina Museum of Natural History, an expert on the local stratigraphy. 

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS: Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)

Precambrian Field Trip

Precambrian Geology Field Trip

LOCATION: Southern Canada 

DATES: When offered

COURSE AND CREDITS: Geol 6/71050 - Precambrian Geology - 3 credits

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Daniel Holm, Kent

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP: Dr. Daniel Holm leads a five-day traverse of southern Canada to examine the Kapuskasing crustal section and the Sudbury meteorite impact structure.  The trip starts on the eastern shore of Lake Superior in the Late Archean low-grade granite-greenstone belts.  Students traverse down the crust toward the west, observing how a nearly-complete section of crust changes with depth - structures, metamorphism, composition, etc.  The Kapuskasing section ends with investigating high grade granulites and deeply emplaced anorthosites.  Another day is spent looking at rocks formed and deformed by the 1850 Ma meteorite impact in Sudbury, Ontario.  World-class shatter cones, impact breccia, pseudotachylite, fallback breccia, and Cu-Ni deposits  - all are investigated on this part of the trip. 

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS: Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)

 

Tectonics Field Trip

Tectonics & Orogeny Field Trip

LOCATION: New England area or Upper Great Lakes area

DATES: Alternate Spring semesters 

COURSE AND CREDITS:  GEOL 4/51080 - Tectonics & Orogeny - 3 credits 

INSTRUCTOR AND CAMPUS: Daniel Holm, Kent

PURPOSE OF FIELD TRIP: Dr. Daniel Holm leads a five-day "odyssey through orogeny" - a field trip to a major orogenic belt. For instance, one trip goes to the New England area to look at the tectonic development of the northern Appalachians.  The field trip starts in the Catskills of New York, heads north to Lake George, cuts eastward across central Vermont into New Hampshire and ends in central Massachusetts.  The students investigate features of the Taconic and Acadian orogenies, moving from the foredeep Catskill delta deposits in the west to the strongly deformed and metamorphosed hinterland region in the east. Another trip is in the Upper Great Lakes region., visiting classic metamorphic and structural sites of Paleoproterozoic orogens.

ESTIMATED FEES AND COSTS:  Personal expenses (food and lodging while traveling)