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Sedimentary Geology Field School in California

Assistant Professor, Alessandro Ielpi, hosts field school in Death Valley, California 

Alessandro Ielpi, Assistant Professor of Sedimentology at the Harquail School of Earth Sciences, prepares to depart for Death Valley, California to  host a 10 day field school with 6 graduate students. This is the first year this modular, graduate-level course will be running, with participation from four Laurentian students, one Carleton student and one McGill student. 

The course will be focus on remote sensing applied to landscape change, modern sedimentary processes, and application to the rock record. The students will begin the course in class covering topics such as: pricinciples of sedimentology and remote sensing, landscape chande in modern, tectonically active sedimentary basins, and case studies from Death Valley, California. 

Some field activities in Death Valley will focus on:

  • Hell’s Gate Alluvial Fan: syn-tectonic deposition and progressive unconformities
  • Amargosa River: fluvial channel and floodplain dynamics in a rapidly aggrading basin
  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes: eolian deposition and relations to local climate
  • Badwater Basin: playa-lake deposition in the lowermost point of the continent

To follow along on their trip, make sure to follow HES on instagram @heslaurentian