Students enrolled in the Short Term course offering "Geology of the Northern Rockies and Columbia Plateau" finish their geologic mapping project at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana.    

Students enrolled in the Short Term course offering "Geology of the Northern Rockies and Columbia Plateau" finish their geologic mapping project at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. 

 

 Students enrolled in the Short Term course offering "Geology of the Northern Rockies and Columbia Plateau" finish their geologic mapping project at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. 

Students enrolled in the Short Term course offering "Geology of the Northern Rockies and Columbia Plateau" finish their geologic mapping project at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. 

 Students enrolled in the Short Term course offering "Geology of the Northern Rockies and Columbia Plateau" finish their geologic mapping project at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. 

Students enrolled in the Short Term course offering "Geology of the Northern Rockies and Columbia Plateau" finish their geologic mapping project at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. 

 Students tour the Montana Resources Continental mine, an open pit copper mine and the only remaining mine in operation in Butte.

Students tour the Montana Resources Continental mine, an open pit copper mine and the only remaining mine in operation in Butte.

  Students tour the Montana Resources Continental mine, an open pit copper mine and the only remaining mine in operation in Butte.

Students tour the Montana Resources Continental mine, an open pit copper mine and the only remaining mine in operation in Butte.

 The class approaches a disabled shovel in the process of being restored. 

The class approaches a disabled shovel in the process of being restored. 

 On the road from Butte to Cameron, Montana.

On the road from Butte to Cameron, Montana.

 Students set up camp at West Fork campground in Cameron, Montana.   

Students set up camp at West Fork campground in Cameron, Montana.

 

 Nick Barker '18 takes full advantage of being in the renowned fly fishing region of southwestern Montana. Barker grew up with spinning reel fishing but couldn't wait to try some fly fishing after buying a temporary fishing license. Barker reflected, "as great as its been to do geology and work hard with students and professors, just having some alone time being able to fish in a beautiful spot--That was probably the highlight thus far."

Nick Barker '18 takes full advantage of being in the renowned fly fishing region of southwestern Montana. Barker grew up with spinning reel fishing but couldn't wait to try some fly fishing after buying a temporary fishing license. Barker reflected, "as great as its been to do geology and work hard with students and professors, just having some alone time being able to fish in a beautiful spot--That was probably the highlight thus far."

 A fox trots across a field near the West Fork campground.

A fox trots across a field near the West Fork campground.

 Looking out over the main operations at Imerys Talc.

Looking out over the main operations at Imerys Talc.

 The Imerys mine produces 250,000 tonnes of Talc annually to be used in the manufacturing of products such as soap, rubber, ceramics, paints, and paper. 

The Imerys mine produces 250,000 tonnes of Talc annually to be used in the manufacturing of products such as soap, rubber, ceramics, paints, and paper. 

 Sarah Stanley '16 takes notes in-between stops of the Imerys Talc mine tour.

Sarah Stanley '16 takes notes in-between stops of the Imerys Talc mine tour.

 Professor Dyk Eusden introduces background information for the final mapping project of the course a few miles down the road from the Imerys Talc mine.

Professor Dyk Eusden introduces background information for the final mapping project of the course a few miles down the road from the Imerys Talc mine.

 With the Madison mountains as a backdrop, Lindsey Beauregard '18 works on her metamorphic mapping project near Ruby Creek outside of Ennis, Montana.

With the Madison mountains as a backdrop, Lindsey Beauregard '18 works on her metamorphic mapping project near Ruby Creek outside of Ennis, Montana.

 Students head back down the ridge having completed the first day of their final mapping project of the course.

Students head back down the ridge having completed the first day of their final mapping project of the course.

 Students converse around a campfire at West Fork campground after a long day of metamorphic mapping.   

Students converse around a campfire at West Fork campground after a long day of metamorphic mapping.

 

 Aiming to maximize his caffein intake, Owen Ahlborn '18 drinks coffee straight from the pot.   

Aiming to maximize his caffein intake, Owen Ahlborn '18 drinks coffee straight from the pot.

 

 Professor Dyk Eusden pauses to get a closer look at the scenery with his binoculars.

Professor Dyk Eusden pauses to get a closer look at the scenery with his binoculars.

 A fault scarp is visible in the valley below the Madison Range.

A fault scarp is visible in the valley below the Madison Range.

 Donning colorful rain jackets, the class huddles next to the road in Firehole Canyon inside Yellowstone National Park.

Donning colorful rain jackets, the class huddles next to the road in Firehole Canyon inside Yellowstone National Park.

 Students find themselves in the middle of a thunder-filled snowstorm at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Students find themselves in the middle of a thunder-filled snowstorm at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

  Owen Ahlborn '18 reads before getting some rest in West Yellowstone.

Owen Ahlborn '18 reads before getting some rest in West Yellowstone.