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This Experience Rocks: Wilkes Geology Field Camp 2019

by Sarah Bedford

A group of students are having a rocky time this summer – and that’s just what they were hoping for. That’s because the eight students are attending a five-week, intensive, project-focused, international geology field camp led by Wilkes faculty on the island of Newfoundland in Canada. The camp, offered for the first time this year, began on July 7 and will conclude on August 9. In addition to three Wilkes students – Emma Sukowaski, Hannah Thornton, and Joshua Foust – attendees include students from Guilford College, the University of Houston, Drexel University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Students attending the camp are earning up to six undergraduate credits while developing the field skills necessary to pursue a career as a geoscientist in industry, consulting or academia. Students in the camp work in the field about eight to 10 hours a day. Field camp experiences include developing research strategies, collecting field observations and measurements, compiling detailed rock descriptions, measuring stratigraphic sections and constructing geologic maps and cross sections. Wilkes faculty teaching in the camp are Sid Halsor, professor of geology; Matt Finkenbinder, assistant professor of geology; Bobby Karimi, assistant professor of geology; and Julie McMonagle, lecturer. All four faculty are members of Wilkes Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department.  

Students in the camp worked at three base station locations during the course. The first base station was located at Rocky Harbour in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second base station was located at St. John’s along the eastern coast of the island. The third and final base station area was in Saint Bride’s, located along the southeast coast. 

The photo gallery on this page captures some of the field experiences.

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