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Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database

Facilitating Field-Based Teaching and Learning in Montana and the Yellowstone Region


Field experiences are a central component of the modern geoscience curriculum, and published field guides and road logs are invaluable resources to facilitate the development of teaching and learning in the field. These references are also a primary means by which field-based geologic information is transferred from experienced field researchers to other instructors and the next generation of geoscience students. Despite the importance of published field guides and road logs, most of the publications of this type are part of a "gray literature" that is not widely distributed or even still available.

The Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database is a pilot project for making the field guide literature more accessible and useful to geoscience educators, students, and researchers. While the database is not an exhaustive listing of every published field guide, nor does it provide direct links to the full text of each reference (except for a few unpublished field guides which are reproduced as pdf files), the database is a fully-searchable listing of 50 of the best references for exploring the geology of this fascinating region.

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This site was written by Kent Ratajeski, with contributions from Maria Warnick (both at the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University), as part of the DLESE Community Services Project.

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Project icon, top-left corner of page - ??? 2003 Michael L. Umphrey, Montana Heritage Project; Title montage, image on left - Adam Hart-Davis/DHD Multimedia Gallery; Title montage, second image from left - Yvette Bordeaux, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania