Visualizing Geology: A Case Study of the Baraboo Ranges, Wisconsin
- Departure: 7:45 a.m. from Weeks Hall (Univ. of Wisconsin)
- Return: 5:15 p.m. to Weeks Hall
- Equipment Needed: sturdy shoes (boots preferred / no sandals); notebook and pencils; sunscreen and insect spray; raingear; water; hardhats and lunch will be provided.
- Releases: All participants will need to sign liability releases.
We will try to visit 6 outcrops during the course of the day. At each, participants will be asked to visualize and sketch the geologic features visible, with a focus on stratigraphy and structure. Then, we will discuss visualization issues, and teaching approaches to support student sketching and learning from sketching. Before leaving each outcrop, we will review geologic features and bring participants up to date on research concerning these features. At relevant stops during the day, we will discuss approaches to help students piece together outcrop-scale observations to yield a regional-scale tectonic synthesis. We will also discuss (and demonstrate) how to incorporate Google Earth™ and digital elevation maps (DEMs) into the field study and geo-visualization.
- Stop 1: La Rue Quarry
- Stop 2: Rock Springs Quarry, in Ableman's Gorge
- Stop 3: Van Hise Rock, in Ableman's Gorge
- Stop 4: Elephant Rocks Cliff, in Devil's Lake State Park
- Stop 5: Park-Entrance Cliff, in Devil's Lake State Park
- Stop 6: The cliff along Skillet Creek
- Stop 7: Point of Rocks, the Route 12 roadcuts (optional, pending traffic)
Cost and Registration
Registration for the field trip is open to the first 40 people to sign up. Cost is $50 and includes transportation and a box lunch.