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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2000
GEOLOGY OF THE BLACK HILLS TO BE TAUGHT THIS SUMMER THROUGH THE BLACK HILLS NATURAL SCIENCES FIELD STATION
Are you interested in geology, the Black Hills, rocks, and rock structures? If so, this is the class for you. The Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station will offer a course this summer titled Geology of the Black Hills ( GEOL 407/ 507), taught by Dr. Colin J. Paterson, Professor, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
Geology of the Black Hills is taught entirely outside, with basic geological principles explained through use of the rock outcrops. There is special emphasis placed on geological hazards such as landslides, floodplains, and sinkholes. The course is especially suitable for teachers who would like some practical experience in geology and earth science that would lead to enhanced instruction of their students. Many of the visited sites would be suitable for school science field trips.
This course entails field inspection of the important rock types and structures in the Black Hills area. Major geological and scenic features such as Mt. Rushmore, the Needles, Devil’s Tower, Homestake Gold Mine’s open cut, pegmatite mines, Spearfish Canyon, Hot Springs Mammoth Site, the Badlands, and many other sites will be visited and studied throughout the five- day course. Each area visited will be integrated into the geological history and development of the Black Hills.
This course provides an excellent opportunity for obtaining photographs and samples as well as documenting localities or for deciphering the geologic history of the region. Each student will submit a short report interpreting one of the areas visited.
Geology of the Black Hills will be taught from the SDSM& T campus June 26- 30, 2000. The cost is $ 225 or $ 250 dependent upon which course section you enroll in. The cost includes tuition, fees, extensive travel, handouts, and supplies. Housing and food for those staying on campus is extra. The course can be taken for two semester credits, and a minimum of 6 students, and maximum of 12 students will be allowed to enroll. Deadline to register is June 12, 2000.
Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station is a cooperative program formed by a consortium of colleges and universities from several states. Its primary focus is to offer field courses for both geology and geological engineering programs. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology serves as the host institution and provides transcripts of credits to the enrollee’s parent institution.
To learn more about Geology of the Black Hills, or to obtain an application form, contact Ms. Pam Fenner at 605.394.2461.
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