The Geology Department has a long history of field trips. Here are some photos from some more recent trips.
Undergrads came along under the supervision of Professor Mary Droser and graduate students to survey the geological wonders of Solana Beach, CA.
Graduate students Erica Clites, Aaron Sappenfield, and Lidya Tarhan certainly enjoyed themselves!
Dr. Droser directs the group on what they will be looking at on the field trip.
This group of undergrads looked intently around the tide pools for geological markings.
But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Solana Beach is just too pretty not to frolic in the water for a bit.
The group had a great day!
They left the beach more knowledgeable and very wet.
La Brea Tar Pits
Dr. Droser took the students on a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits. The encrusted fossils are what we're all about!
Bubble Bubble toil and trouble...
The George C. Page Museum, La Brea Discoveries
Here we have Harlan's Ground Sloth (Glossotherium harlani). This medium-sized ground sloth stood over six feet talk and weighed about 1500 pounds! Ground sloths are primitive mammals related to the present-day amradillos and the small tree sloths of Central and South America.
Grad students gaze at the impressive mammoth fossil.
It is quite gigantic!
The display of skull fossils is impressive.
Like so many other creatures, these Dragon flies got encapsulated by the tar. How old do you think they are?
Graduate students take a closer look at the mural.