Lunar and Planetary Institute






Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth  July 13-19, 2008


What We Did

 

Objectives

  • Investigate geographic features related to lakes, glacial activity, and flowing water
  • Build an understanding of the geologic processes that result in these features
  • Compare and contrast these features with similar features on Mars and understand the implications of their presence in terms of geologic processes and planetary history
  • Be able to bring content and hands-on inquiry based, standards-aligned activities into the classrooms in ways that are appropriate for the grade level being taught

Questions to Ponder in the Field

  • What information does each field stop contribute to the overall story of Glacial Lake Missoula?
  • What is the evidence for the existence and location of ice sheets in the region?
  • What evidence is there for the presence of Glacial Lake Missoula?
  • What is the depositional evidence for catastrophic outflow of water from Lake Missoula?
  • What is the erosional evidence for catastrophic outflow of water from Lake Missoula?
  • What evidence exists for multiple flooding events?
  • Why was the explanation of a “catastrophic” event as the cause of the features we observe not immediately accepted by the geologic community?
  • Are there alternative explanations for the features that we observe?  What is the role of individual observations / interpretations versus compiled observations?
  • How do the features we observe inform our understanding of the geologic history of Mars?

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Dinner: University of Montana  
6:00 p.m.  Welcome, Introductions, Pre-Test
7:00  p.m.  Stream Table Activity
8:00 p.m.  Lecture / Discussion: Geologic Setting for the Field Experience
Accommodations: University of Montana  

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Field Day 1 – Missoula to Flathead Lake Region and Back … The Lake
Breakfast: University of Montana  
Lunch: Box Lunch from the University  
8:00 a.m.   Depart from University of Montana Dorms
  Stop 1 Wave-cut terraces on University Hil
Stop 2  Lake deposits near Huson, Nine Mile, Alberton
Stop 3 Chamis Prairie ripples
Stop 4 Niarada and the Big Draw ripples
Stop 5 Elmo Moraine
Stop 6 Polson Moraine
5:30 p.m.   Return to University in Missoula
Dinner: University of Montana  
Accommodations: University of Montana  

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  
Field Trip Day 2 - Missoula to Central Washington … Breakout!
Breakfast: University of Montana  
Lunch: Box Lunch from the University  
7:30 a.m.    Depart University to Wenatchee
  Stop 7 Cabinet Gorge Dam
Stop 8 Powerline Pit with Glacial Lake Missoula flood bar
Stop 9 Lake Pend Oreille Overlook
Stop 10  Farragut State Park Lake Missoula Break Out Area
Drive Through of Spirit Lake Current Ripples and Rathdrum Prairie (Potential Stop 11)
9:00 p.m.   Arrive Wenatchee
Dinner: Wenatchee  
Accommodations: Ceders Inn, Wenatchee, 80 9th Street, East Wenatchee

Wednesday, July 16, 2008  
Field Trip Day 3 - Wenatchee Region … Scour
Breakfast: Shari’s  
Lunch: Box Lunch from Shari’s  
8:00 a.m.    Depart Wenatchee
  Stop 12 Grand Coulee
Stop 13 Rock Structures
Stop 14 Dry Falls
Stop 15 Moses Coulee
6:30 p.m.   Arrive Wenatchee
Dinner: Wenatchee  
Accommodations: Ceders Inn, Wenatchee, 80 9th Street, East Wenatchee

Thursday, July 17, 2008  
Field Trip Day 4 - Wenatchee Region to Missoula … Deposition (and some erosion)  
Breakfast: Shari’s  
Lunch: Box Lunch from Shari’s  
8:00 a.m.    Depart Wenatchee
  Stop 16 River Overlook onto Giant Current Ripples
Stop 17 Soap Lake
Stop 18 Giant Boulder Field (aka “Monsters of Rock”)
Stop 19 Ephrata Fan Deposits
Stop 20 Basalt Sand Dunes
Stop 21 Overlook of Drumheller Channels
8:00 p.m.  Arrive University of Montana
Dinner: TBA (the excitement is almost overwhelming, isn’t it?)
Accommodations: University of Montana  

Friday, July 18, 2008  
Breakfast: University of Montana  
Lunch: University of Montana  
10:00 a.m.   Discussion – Field Observations and Interpretations
11:00 a.m.   Lecture / Discussion: Geologic history of Glacial Lake Missoula / Channeled Scablands
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Activity: Mars the Feature Story
1:30  p.m. Lecture / Discussion:  Water on Mars?
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Team PowerPoint Development
Dinner: University of Montana  

Accommodations: University of Montana
 

Saturday, July 19, 2008  
Breakfast: University of Montana  
Lunch: University of Montana  
9:00 a.m.    PowerPoint Preparation
10:30  a.m.   PowerPoint Collaboration
12:00 p.m.   Lunch
1:00 p.m.  Activity: Revisit Stream Tables
2:00  p.m.  Lecture / Discussion: Why Has Mars Changed?
3:00  p.m.  Break
3:15  p.m.  Activities, Puzzling Patterns, Play-Doh Volcanos, Cake Batter Lava  Icing on the Plate
4:15  p.m.  Wrap up and Evaluation
5:00  p.m.  End of Day
Dinner: University of Montana  
Accommodations: University of Montana  

Sunday, July 20, 2008  
Breakfast: University of Montana  
Departure  

 

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