Geologic Work in the Southwest United States
I spent the first three and a half months of 2002 in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Much of that time was spent in or around Flagstaff, Arizona, or at Northern Arizona University. This was the second half of my year long leave from Black Hawk College. The first part of my leave included a three week excursion to Chile in South America. Despite what some people have said about my time off, this trip was not an extended vacation! I was actually working on a number of projects while out west. My three main projects were: 1) Observation of the faculty (teaching techniques and methods) and classes (content and organization) in the Geology Department at Northern Arizona University with the aim of comparison to the courses taught at BHC; 2) Enhancement of my slide and digital picture collection for use in lectures, presentations and web pages; and 3) Collection of new rock samples for the college's Earth Science lab, including display and demonstration samples, and developing new lab sets of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock samples for student use.
Here's how those three months break down by the numbers as far as what was accomplished:
The map of the southwest United States shows the areas that were visited and the routes driven.