Geology students explore the U.S. West
In Summer 2015, Dr. Walter Borowski led a group of EKU geology students from the verdant hills of Kentucky westward to the geologic vistas of Colorado and Utah. Because less rainfall occurs in the American West, less vegetation covers the ground thus exposing more rocks for geologists to study and explore. Moreover, geologic history of the West is very unique and different from Kentucky, so students had the opportunity to expand their experiences.
The group established base camp in Grand Junction, Colorado and started off exploring the vermilion canyons of Colorado National Monument. A student favorite wass Dinosaur Day, where the group viewed and touched dinosaur fossils still entombed within the famed Morrison Formation (from the Jurassic time period). Students also took a behind-the-scenes tour of Fruita’s Dinosaur Journey Museum.
Within the Eocene Green River Formation at Douglas Pass, students found stromatolites (algal structures) and oil shales. Finally, the group trekked to Moab, Utah, passing through a canyon carved by the Colorado River. There they explored the grand panoramas of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as Deadhorse Point State Park.
Published on September 28, 2015