This semester is Geological Engineering Data Analysis, Geological Structures, Optical Mineralogy I, and American Experience/Constitution Change...all the GEOL classes with labs. I am loving Optical Mineralogy as it plays into much of what I did this summer in my undergraduate research project. I am looking forward to learning a lot in GEDA using MatLab, which is supposedly an intuitive computer program we can write our own code on...so far NOT so intuitive, but it is just the beginning of the Fall semester, so I cannot judge too hastily the goals of this particular class.
Structures landed us our first field study class to the Genoa Fault outcrop located just south of the little (and quite lovely) town of Genoa, NV. The day unfortunately coincided with my 4th granddaughter's First Baby Luau day, which I missed out on. But as my "professor" stated very coolly I must say, "she won't remember it." Wow right, the compassion huh? Hopefully one day she will have grandchildren, and her tune will change - guaranteed!!!
I did however, enjoy the geology trip, despite missing Lucy's birthday. Here she is at my house last week as I threw her a pre-birthday celebration knowing that I would miss her actual party...
Cute, isn't she. Love that kid. But I love geology too, and as an older student, it is sometimes stressful to balance family life with college life. I knew that Lucy would forgive me if she was able to understand at 1 year old, that her "Guigui" (don't ask)...missed her party because she was learning about trend and plunge, and the rake of fault movement within an excellent example of an exposed fault plane.
Our measurements were taken from the footwall which is where all the students are standing on top of the talus debris. The students are a mixture of mining engineers, geological engineers, geophysicists, and geologists. Guess who was done first with their measurements? Right, the geologists! It was fun though to watch the engineers figure out how to use a Brunton compass to measure strike, dip, trend and plunge.
|UNR students taking measurements on the exposed footwall of the Genoa Fault. Note the hanging wall is far right in picture|
|Students working at deciphering grain size, lithification, and other data for their report at the handing wall of the Genoa Fault.|