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Spring 2013 Geology Field Trip

New Mexico and Big Bend, Texas: March 9-17, 2013

Sponsor:  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Organizers:  Peter C. Burns and Antonio Simonetti

Purpose of trip: This trip points out recent volcanic episodes in the Albuquerque area; exposure of the Great Unconformity on Sandia Peak; Travel to the Jemez Mountains and caldera area; Explore Chaco Canyon; Visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, NM; Explore Big Bend National Park.

2012 Junior Class Field Trip

Sponsors:  Murphy Travel Fund; University of Notre Dame Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Itinerary and Field Trip Fast Facts

Hosts: USACE Engineer Research and Development Center, US Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District, Kiewit, Gulf IntraCoastal Constructors, Inc., Massman Construction Co., MTI (Massman Construction Co., Traylor Bros., Inc. and IHI Inc.), University of New Orleans

Organizers: Diane Westerink, Joannes Westerink, Alexandros Taflinidis

Purpose of this trip: To understand the Mississippi River and its deltaic system; the major transportation and water supply system it represents; the major hub of the system (New Orleans where ocean going vessels transfer their goods to/from river barges); how to maintain the navigability of the system; how to maintain the fresh water supply, the fisheries, and the wetlands; and the flooding risks involved (both from the river and the ocean). Man's influence on the system has evolved over the past 300 years, but the Katrina failures and devastation of five years ago spurred on one of the largest and most intensive infrastructure rebuilds in US history: in particular, the 15 billion dollar redesign and construction of the flood mitigation and risk reduction system around New Orleans.

Trip Photos

Mississippi River Bridge

St. Louis Arch

Olmsted Locks and Dam Construction

USACE Engineer Research and Development Center

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) – Lake Borgne Surge Barrier

Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex (GIWW WCC)

Fall 2012 Geology Field Trip

Upper Michigan Fall Break 2012

Sponsors: University of Notre Dame Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences

Itinerary and UP Michigan Geology

Organizers: Jeremy Fein

Purpose of this trip: Emphasis of the trip was on understanding the regional geology before, during, and after the formation of Proterozoic banded iron formations and the Marquette Mineral District. A wide range of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock types and geologic structures are studied, and the trip includes a structural geology field exercise. Prior to the trip, there were lectures on the regional geology, and each student had prepared a presentation on one aspect of the geology that was seen in the field.