University of Minnesota-Duluth
Bedrock Geology Mapping Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
As a final exercise in a course on Geological Maps, students conduct a field mapping of a one square mile area over a weekend. Back in the classroom, students are introduced to ArcMAP and Illustrator, with which they digitally compile their field data and create a geologic map interpretation of the field area. After spending the semester evaluating geologic maps from various terranes, this exercise helps the students to appreciate the factual basis and, more significantly, the importance of interpretation in the creation of a geologic map.