EarthScope in the Northern Rockies

EarthScope in the Northern Rockies

September 16 - 18, 2005
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

EarthScope is an interdisciplinary experiment of unprecedented resolution that will identify links between the surface geology of North America and the forces at work in Earth's interior. EarthScope Workshop Report, 2001
Visit the 2019 EarthScope Synthesis Workshop: Life and Death of a Craton: A 4D EarthScope perspective on the role of the Wyoming Craton in the Evolution of North America. The workshop proceedings give a nice overview of the scientific progress made over the past 14 years of the Earth Scope program.

See the workshop program with links to presentations, abstracts and posters.

See the workshop report and recommendations (Acrobat (PDF) 1.1MB Dec19 06).

EarthScope in the Northern Rockies!Geodetic instruments from the PBO component of EarthScope are currently being deployed, and the USARRAY transportable seismic network will be here in 2007. Now is the time for all geoscientists working in this area to start making plans to make full use of this amazing scientific observatory.

Diagram of US ArrayEarthScope US Array
The scientific targets for EarthScope include:
  • fault properties and earthquake processes
  • short time/distance deformation
  • fluids and magmas in the crust and upper mantle
  • convergent margin processes
  • large-scale continental deformation
  • continental structure and evolution
  • deep-Earth structure.

There are many opportunities for scientists and educators to be involved with the EarthScope program. The goal of this workshop was to formulate an integrated research and education agenda to optimize the use of the EarthScope facility, to identify the "big" scientific questions of the region, and to engage the public through a variety of education and outreach activities.
Download a printer-friendly flyer for this workshop (Acrobat (PDF) 887kB Apr27 05).

Who Attended?

Geoscience researchers and educators who are interested in learning about and contributing to the integrated EarthScope research and education program.

Workshop Program

Installing a short drill braced monument
Installing a remote field sensor.

The workshop program included an overview of the EarthScope program and its facilities, opportunities to present current and future research directions in oral and poster sessions, and small-group discussion and writing sessions to identify new research and educational initiatives. The workshop also included two optional one-day field trips. The pre-meeting field trip headed west of Bozeman through Archean basement of Bear Trap Canyon, the modern tectonics and geomorphology of the Madison River Valley, the Jefferson Canyon, the Belt Supergroup (LaHood Formation), and to the margin of the Boulder Batholith. The post-meeting field trip traveled through Gallatin Canyon, through the northwest side of Yellowstone, and back to Bozeman via the Paradise Valley.


The workshop was open to all interested geoscience researchers and educators, but registration was required. There was a nominal registration fee. Partial support for travel to the workshop was available through the grant from the National Science Foundation. Contact David Mogk ( for details.


Information on travel, facilities, lodging, and meals can be found on the logistics page.

Workshop Conveners

The principal investigators on the grant from NSF are Paul Mueller, David Foster (University of Florida) and David Mogk (Montana State University).

The EarthScope in the Northern Rockies workshop is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation to Montana State University (NSF-0345708) and the University of Florida (EAR-0346182)

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