Reconnaissance stratigraphy and mapping of the Frying Pan Gulch, MT
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
2. Collect accurate and sufficient data on field relationships and record these using disciplinary conventions (field notes, map symbols, etc.).
3. Synthesize geologic data and integrate with core concepts and skills into a cohesive spatial and temporal scientific interpretation.
4. Interpret earth systems and past/current/future processes using multiple lines of spatially distributed evidence.
5. Develop an argument that is consistent with available evidence and uncertainty.
6. Communicate clearly using written, verbal, and/or visual media (e.g., maps, cross-sections, reports) with discipline-specific terminology appropriate to your audience.
7. Work effectively independently and collaboratively (e.g., commitment, reliability, leadership, open for advice, channels of communication, supportive, inclusive).
8. Reflect on personal strengths and challenges (e.g. in study design, safety, time management, independent and collaborative work).
9. Demonstrate behaviors expected of professional geoscientists (e.g., time management, work preparation, collegiality, health and safety, ethics).
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
1) observe, record and interpret a variety of geological phenomena
2) systematically record geological outcrop data and measure/recognize basic structural, textural and compositional information
3) carry out geological mapping of moderately deformed bedrock
4) use topographic maps, Google Earth imagery and drone/unoccupied aerial system videos as an aid to geological mapping
5) interpret basic geological history
6) prepare geologic reports and maps using Google Earth, Adobe Illustrator, and Strat Desktop.
Description and Teaching Materials
Module description document (Microsoft Word 72kB May12 20)
Unit descriptions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 14kB May11 20)
1st drafting exercise (Illustrator 24MB May11 20)
Project basemap (Acrobat (PDF) 3.8MB May11 20)
Google Earth file for the project (KMZ File 3.1MB May12 20)
Teaching Notes and Tips
All materials can be distributed, however, the module is designed so that certain materials are provided once a submission of a previous exercise is complete.
For example, outcrop and overview photo folders in the FryingPan_Strat_exercise.kmz and stratigraphy.doc can be provided once the line work is submitted by the students. Geologic map of the Twin Adams Mountain Quad should be provided once the 1st exercise is completed by the students, as it contains a cross-section very similar to the exercise question.
References and Resources
McDonald, C., and Yakovlev, P., 2019, Geologic map of the Twin Adams Mountain 7.5' quadrangle, southwestern Montana: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Scale 1:24,000.
Geologic history of the Dillon area, southwestern Montana, Robert C. Thomas, editor, 1996: Proceedings Volume from the 20th Annual Field Conference of the Tobacco Root Geological Society: Northwest Geology, Vol. 25, 93p.