NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2015:
Fire and Ice—Geology of the Mount Rose Quadrangle, Lake Tahoe, and the Carson Range
Saturday, October 17 or Sunday, October 18 (Sunday is a repeat of Saturday)
Sign up here for this year’s field trip!
This year’s Earth Science Week is October 11-17, 2015 and will celebrate the theme “Visualizing Earth’s Systems.”
NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public. The field trip is free to the public! Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer, and a GPS receiver (optional). The day’s activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
Most of the stops will involve very short walks from the car. The longest hike will be about two miles round trip along the Mt. Rose trail, beginning and ending at the Mount Rose Highway summit.
This year NBMG will lead a trip to look at recently completed mapping of the Mount Rose quadrangle which covers an area from north shore of Lake Tahoe to north Mount Rose proper, east into the Mount Rose Ski Area, and west to the NV/CA state line. Our journey will have stops along the Mount Rose Highway (including Mount Rose summit), in Incline Village, and along the north shore of Lake Tahoe. We will look at the history of volcanoes, glaciers, and faults that have built and continue to build the landscape we see today.
JUST POSTED! You can read the details of the trip in this guide:
The Mount Rose geologic map can be found here:
You must sign up online[docs.google.com] prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.
Field trip participants should meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Galena Creek Visitor Center[galenacreekvisitorcenter.org] on the Mt. Rose Highway. Departure will be at 9:30 a.m.
There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching—a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, please bring it.
For questions about the field trip, please call Nick Hinz at 775-784-1446.
For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website[earthsciweek.org].