Floods and Flows:  Exploring Mars Geology on Earth

What We Did!

Saturday July 10 - Orientation

Arrive Missoula - Check in at the University of Montana

6:00 – 9:00 pm - Icebreaker

Introductions, Expectations, and Field Trip / Workshop Overview

Glacial Lake Missoula Floods Overview

Sunday July 11 – Field Day

7:30 am - Depart from University of Montana

Field Stops in Missoula Region

Stop 1 Lake Levels on Mount Sentinel

Stop 2 Lake Deposits at Huson, Nine Mile, Alberton

Stop 3 Giant Ripples on Chamis Prairie / Lunch

Stop 4 Niarada Mounds

Stop 5 Elmo Moraine

Stop 6 Belt Rocks

Stop 7 Polson Moraine

8:00 pm  – Return to University of Montana

Monday July 12 – Classroom / Lab Day

8:00 am – Sunday Field Observations and Interpretations

10:00 am - Mars Overview Discussion / Mapping Activity

12:00 Lunch

1:30 pm  – Water on Mars Discussion / Stream Table Activities

4:00 pm –Overview of Rocky Mountain Formation

4:30 pm - Field Log-Write Up Teams (Drafts Due Next Morning)
 

Tuesday July 13 – Field Day

8:00 am - Depart from University of Montana

Field Stops Between Missoula and Arco

Stop 1 Lake Levels and Tectonic Overview at Hamilton (with coffee and huge sticky buns)

Stop 1.5 Impromptu Stop at Alluvial/Volcanic Road Cut

Stop 2 Lunch / Mudcracks in Belt Rocks Near Ellis

Stop 3 Scarp from Earthquake Near Borah Peak

6:00 pm – Arrive in Arco – Dinner (long!) at Pickles

Wednesday July 14 – Field Day

7:30 am - Depart from Hotel

8:30 am – Depart Pickles for Craters of the Moon

Stop 1 Lava Flows at Craters of the Moon

Stop 2 Inferno Cone at Craters of the Moon

Stop 3 Lava Flows at Craters of the Moon

Stop 4 Lava Tubes at Craters of the Moon

Stop 5 Rhyolites at Howe Point Road Cut

~7:00 pm Arrive in Idaho Falls

Thursday July 15 – Field Day

8:00 am – Depart from Idaho Falls

Field Stops Between Idaho Falls and Missoula

Stop 1 Menan Buttes (Longer Than Planned – And Better!)

Stop 2 Basalt Collection / Columnar Cooling Structure Observation

Stop 3 Lunch and Opals Near Spencer

Stop 4 Gorgeous Belt Rocks Near Anaconda

~7:00 pm  – Return to University of Montana – Pizza!

Friday July 16 – Classroom / Lab Day

8:30 am –Field Observations and Interpretations

9:30 – Prep for Mudcrack and Mesa Activities

10:30 am - Volcanism and Tectonism Discussion

12:00 Lunch

1:00 pm Mars Volcanism and Tectonism Discussion (Cooling Planets Demo)

Planetary Processes Activities

Play-Doh Volcanoes

Play-Doh Structures

Mudcracks / Raindrops

4:30 pm - Field Log-Write Up Teams

8:00 pm – Hike the Hill!

Saturday July 17 – Classroom / Lab Day

8:00 am – Mesas / Wind Erosion Demo

8:30 am “Why Mars?” Discussion

9:00 am – Spectrometry and Imaging Activities

12:00 - Lunch

1:00 pm – Wrap Up Imaging Activities

Life on Mars? Discussion / Activities

3:30 pm  – Future Missions / Wrap Up

4:00 – Evaluation and Close

Sunday July 18

Good Byes!