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Early to mid-life travels showing geological aspects of selected locales.

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  • 1. A LIFE ON EARTH
    Geology - the key to seeing the third planet
  • 2. Marquette, MichiganA young boy can explore the woods and waters here.
  • 3. Chicago was a big change for a 10 year old. It was fun to show my new friends their city.
  • 4. Augustana College - Swedish Lutheran heritage and the discovery that geology could be a career choice. It was also on campus where I fell in love with Carol Jayne Anderson.
    Class of 1956
  • 5. My field course was in the Black Hills, SD. Here we learned to map the formations and volcanic features in the NE part of the uplift.
    Carol and I were married after
    conclusion of the field course.
  • 6. The old capitol at the University of Iowa where graduate work wascompleted in 1961. First born son David born in Iowa City.
  • 7. My doctoral dissertation was done in the Horn area of the south-central Bighorns
  • 8. Geology summer jobs during my student days provided rich experiences.
    Serviced groundwater level recorders and measured discharge from springs while working for the U.S. Geological Survey in Kentucky.
    Explored for potential iron ore in Michigan’s
    Upper Peninsula for Cleveland- Cliffs.
    Studied stratigraphy in the
    Big Snowy Range of central
    Montana for Shell Oil Co.
  • 9. Exploring the gulf coast for petroleum with the California Company (Chevron) in New Orleans and Lafayette.
  • 10. Assistant professor at Monmouth College from 1962-1968
    Daughter Kirsten was born in Monmouth - 1964.
  • 11. Two National Science Foundation Summer Programs enriched my
    field experience and my specimen collection for teaching students
    in the classroom. One was a circum-Lake Superior tour with leaders
    from Michigan Tech at Houghton. The other featured a study of
    volcanic rocks in the Yellowstone region. An excursion that gave us
    permission to collect from within the park.
    The rocks of Lake Superior's North Shore date back to the early history of the earth. During the Precambrian (between 4.5-billion and 540-million years ago) magma forcing its way to the surface created the intrusive granites of the Canadian Shield. These ancient granites can be seen on the North Shore today. It was during the Penokean orogeny, part of the process that created the Great Lakes Tectonic Zone, that many valuable metals were deposited. The region surrounding the lake has proved to be rich in minerals.
    Hotspot volcanism commenced ~17 Ma in northeastern Nevada and continues to the present
  • 12. Spring field trips to Colorado included students from Monmouth, Knox and Lawrence Colleges.
    Canyon City embayment
    Garden of the Gods,
    Colorado Springs
  • 13. Taught in the Boundary Waters Wilderness in a program of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
  • 14. Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin - 1968-1996
    Douglas was born in Appleton – 1969
  • 15. Introductory geology classes visited Kettle Moraine State Park to learn about kettles, drumlins, eskers and other glacial features.
    The red line shows
    the limit of glacial
    advance.
  • 16. Field trip locales in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
    The Baraboo Hills, which form an elongated, discontinuous ring in Sauk and Columbia Counties, rise approximately 700 feet above the surrounding landscape. They are composed of near-shore ocean sediment, deposited about 1.7 billion years ago, which has been metamorphosed, folded, and lifted up. This rock, called quartzite, is distinctively red, extremely hard, and resistant to erosion. During the maximum extent of the most recent glaciation, approximately 20,000 years ago, the Green Bay Lobe of the Laurentide Ice Sheet surrounded the eastern half of the hills. It deposited moraines that block each end of an ancient valley that now contains Devils Lake. Today, the Baraboo Hills are one of the largest forested areas in southern Wisconsin and home to Devils Lake State Park.
  • 17. Field trips to the Marquette Range and the Menominee Range were conducted in support of structural geology and petrology classes.
    Keweenaw Peninsula
  • 18. The Keweenaw peninsula (‘copper country’) is another beautiful area with abundant examples of sedimentary and volcanic rocks along with interesting structural geology features.
  • 19. Colorado raft trip on the centennial anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s first trips (1869-1872)
  • 20. Received grant to establish Introductory Geology in the Rock Mountains for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. We chose Montana State University for our base.
    Campus in the foreground
    Bridger Range on skyline
  • 21. Research with professors from Montana State University and the University of Idaho led to a book on the geology of the northwest portion of the Beartooth Mountains (Livingston corner).
  • 22. Two summers were at the Indiana University Field Station
    We lived in a nice trailer home and the family really enjoyed the experience.
    Horses ranged around the site and a trout stream ran through it.
  • 23. The location of the field station in the Tobacco Root Mountains gives access to a wealth of geologic features in western Montana.
  • 24. A series of images reflecting our year of homelessness. We traveled in a Dodge ‘pop top’ van with our three kids and a dog. Subtitle “Travels with Tippy’ (apologies to John Steinbeck. It was 1974-1975 and all the National Parks and Monuments were prepared for the celebration of our nation’s bicentennial.
    First stop was at the Indiana University Field Station
  • 25. Vancouver and Canadian Rockies
  • 26. Marquette during late summer and early fall.
    Below Sugar Loaf
    Little Presque Isle on horizon
    Presque Isle
  • 27. New England
  • 28. Harvard Mineral Collection
  • 29. A quick visit to the Big Apple
  • 30. Smoky Mountains
  • 31. Attended the Geological Society of America meetings in Miami
  • 32. Holmes Beach, FL
    We rented a motel/apartment here during
    November-early December…
    …and spent many hours collecting sand
    dollars and other shells.
  • 33. We made an exciting tour to Key West.
  • 34. The Everglades
  • 35. Winter at Marquette
    Winter carnival at Michigan Tech
  • 36. During the late ‘70s and early ‘80s I was involved in gas exploration, mostly in Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.
    The Pennsylvanian oil rush was an oil boom that started in Titusville, Pennsylvania in 1859, as Edwin L. Drake struck "rock oil". I was thrilled to be able to visit this site where the oil industry began.
  • 37. One project was as far away as the Nirihuau Basin in Argentina.
  • 38. Return to the Bighorns – taught 12 summer field camps for the University of Illinois.
    Piney Creek thrust
    Near Eaton’s Ranch
    Sheep Mountain anticline
  • 39. Field camps always included a ‘Parks Trip’ to Yellowstone and other Wyoming mountain locales.
  • 40. The Tetons were a scenic and geologic highlight of the field course.
    Over these seemingly changeless mountains, in endless succession, move the ephemeral colors of dawn and sunset and of noon and night, the shadows and sunlight, the garlands of clouds with which storms adorn the peaks, the misty rain-curtains of afternoon showers.
    —Fritiof Fryxell, The Tetons: Interpretations of a Mountain Landscape
  • 41. Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park
  • 42. Heart Mountain is an 8,123-foot klippe just north of Cody in Wyoming, sticking up from the floor of the Bighorn Basin. The mountain is composed of limestone and dolomite of Ordovician through Mississippian age (about 500 to 350 million years old), but it rests on the Willwood formation, rocks that are only about 55 million years old—rock on the summit of Heart Mountain is thus almost 300 million years older than the rocks at the base. For over one hundred years geologists have tried to understand how these older rocks came to rest on much younger strata.
  • 43. I taught a field course at Arizona State University, Flagstaff
    San Francisco Peaks – a stratovolcano
  • 44. Crater atop the cinder cone at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  • 45. Also taught with the University of Arizona field course in southeast Arizona
    Chiricahua National Monument
    Dragoon Mountains
    Dragoon Mountains
    Cochise Stronghold
  • 46. Lawrence field trip to Las Vegas
    Death Valley
    Grand Canyon -Bright Angel Trail
    Valley of Fire State Park
  • 47. Lawrence field trip to Big Bend National Park
    Big Bend National Park, located along the Rio Grande at the United States border with Mexico, is situated in the Chihuahuan Desert. The fragile desert ecosystem displays enormous beauty, includes mountain and basin environments, hosts an extraordinary diversity of native plants and animals, and is the site of significant mineral deposits and historic mercury mines.
  • 48. Big Bend is part of the Marathon orogenic belt and subduction zone formed from collision between the North and South American plates.
  • 49. We stayed at Holden Village for parts of two summers.
    Originally the village was built in support of the Holden Mine. Now it is operated by the Lutheran Church as ‘A Place Apart.’
    Waste rock from the mine
    is visible in the foreground.
    Arriving is done by ferry and bus up the
    old narrow gauge railroad route.
  • 50.
  • 51. Later travel adventures – 1984-1992
    1984 - Winter Term Sabbatical in Costa Rica: Costa Rica National Parks, including Cocos Island
    (with Dartmouth College Ecology Trip); visit to Mexico City, doing geology with UWO-Oshkosh
    profs in NE Mexico.
     
    1988 - Chautauqua volcanology course on Oahu, Hawaii.
     
    1990 - Second Costa Rica excursion.
    1991 - Great Britain’s Classic Sites: England, Wales, Scotland; Frankfurt and Bremerhaven, also Schwerin
    in East Germany, Netherlands before Britain. After Britain; crossed channel to France - Paris, fast train to Lyon,
    southern France, biked to foothills of Pyrenees and back to Paris.
     
    1992 - Spring Term Sabbatical. Hawaii, flew Air Micronesia to Johnston Island, Marshall Island (Majuro),
    Kwajalein, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Truk, Guam, Yap and Palaua.
    Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby, Mt. Hagen, Mendi, Tari, Wabeg, Goroka, back to Port Moresby.
    Australia: Brisbane, Rockingham and Great Keppel Island, Townsville, Mount Isa and mine tour, Cairns,
    Great Barrier Reef National Park, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation National Park and
    World Heritage Area, Lake Barrine National Park, Hypipanee National Park, Jourama Falls National Park.
    Townsville, and Magnetic Island, another visit to Great Barrier Reef National Park out of Airlie Beach, and
    Mapleton Falls National Park.
    New Zealand. Auckland, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park.
    Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
  • 52. Travel (to be continued)
    1994 – Indonesia: Bali, Lombok, East Java
    1996 - Semester at Sea. Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan
    1997 - Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy
    1998 - London, Wales, second Colorado River raft trip with Colorado School of Mines
    1999 - Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain
    2000 – London
    2001- Germany, Denmark and Sweden
    2004 – Cabo, Mexico
    2005 – Arizona, California, Utah
    2009 – Cornville, AZ (near Sedona)