Students Trek to Guadalupe Mountains

Hiking up Bone Canyon to study proximal turbidite deposits.Six Geology & Geophysics graduate students spent a week in September at Guadalupe Mountain National Park on a research field trip to study sedimentation.

Right: Hiking up Bone Canyon to study proximal turbidite deposits.

The focus of the trip was to study how microbial processes may have influenced sedimentation in the Brushy Canyon Formation of the Permian Basin. Group members sampled at several sites in the park and are now processing these materials for analysis. Their aim is to have a group research paper ready to submit for publication by the end of the semester or calendar year.

hikingLeft: Rosemary Neyin, Jian Gong, and Leigh Fall examining an exposure of the Brushy Canyon Formation in Guadalupe National Park, TX.

Faculty members Tom Olszewski and Mike Tice led the group, with logistical and field mapping help from Ph.D. student Leigh Fall. The trip was funded by Shell, and three Shell geoscientists joined the group for two days of sampling. View more photos from the trip on Facebook.

Below: Jian Gong and Spencer Gundersen measuring a stratigraphic section on Salt Flat Bench in Guadalupe National Park, TX.

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