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  • 1. GEOSCIENCESAT  WEBER  STATE  UNIVERSITY
  • 2. Geoscientists  work  in  the  field,  lab,  and   with  computers  …•  In the field to collect samples of rocks, fossils, and water for study …•  In the lab where detailed information can be obtained about composition, structure, and classification of material…•  With computers to analyze data, to prepare illustrations, and to create maps.
  • 3. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Describing and measuring sedimentary rock layers. Jeff Eaton WSU students doing fieldwork in southern Utah.
  • 4. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  … Advising on the drilling of wells and studying water movement.Students gathering data at the WSU well field. Marek Matyjasik
  • 5. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Studying the interaction betweensurface water and ground water.(above) Students map rocks at point where astream sinks underground. (right) Dye tracing asinking stream to determine its path to a spring. Jim Wilson
  • 6. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Monitoring the flow of streamsand ground water.WSU faculty and students doing fieldwork in the Uinta Mountains. Marek Matyjasik
  • 7. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Studying structure (deformation) of the rocks. EOS Jim Wilson
  • 8. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Making maps of rocks andstructures to guide futuredevelopment. UGS
  • 9. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Mapping faults along whichfuture earthquakes mayoccur. Geologists inspect the Wasatch Fault as revealed in a trench. Jim Wilson
  • 10. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  …Locating and studying mineral deposits. Bingham Canyon copper mine, Utah. Jim Wilson
  • 11. Geoscientists  work  in  the  Field  … Searching for new energy resources.Newly discovered Covenantoil field in central Utah. UGS and DOE
  • 12. Geoscientists  Study  Minerals  … Rutile, from Diamantia, Brazil John Betts
  • 13. Geoscientists  Study  Minerals  …Red Beryl from Millard Co., Utah - a rare Utah gemstone Wikipedia Commons USGS
  • 14. Geoscientists  Study  Minerals  …Topaz from Topaz Mountain, Utah.Utah’s state gemstone. USGS Topaz with a cube of bixbyite. Jim Wilson
  • 15. Geoscientists  Study  Minerals  …Adamite, a mineral found at Gold Hill, Utah. Wikipedia Commons
  • 16. Geoscientists  Study  Minerals  …Rock Crystal Quartz USDA
  • 17. Geoscientists  Study  Minerals  …Students learn mineralproperties and developskills so that asprofessionals they canidentify minerals anduse them to map andlocate new resources. Jim Wilson
  • 18. Geoscientists  Study  Rocks  …   Basalt (volcanic) boulders in a Utah canyon Jim Wilson
  • 19. Geoscientists  Study  Rocks  …     Goblins (hoodoos) at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah Jim Wilson
  • 20. Geoscientists  Study  Rocks  … Igneous intrusions into other rocks. Jim Wilson Dikes, Wisconsin (left) and Alta, Utah (above).
  • 21. Geoscientists  Study  Rocks  … Cross-bedded sandstone layers in southern Utah. Jeff Eaton
  • 22. Geoscientists  Study  Fossils  … Fossil material is collected in the field, then brought back to the lab for detailed study. Jenny Schaeffer Jeff Eaton
  • 23. Geoscientists  Study  Fossils  …     Two common trilobite fossils found in Millard Co., UT. Asaphiscus wheeleri Elrathia kingi Andrew McRae
  • 24. Geoscientists  Study  Fossils  …     Utah is home to many dinosaur and mammal fossilsStudents examine fossils in lab (right).Recent discovery Grand Staircase-EscalanteNational Monument (below). UMNH Jim Wilson
  • 25. Geoscientists  Study  Fossils  …     Ammonites are common fossils found in Utah. Jim Wilson UMNH
  • 26. Geoscientists  Study  Sediments  …Mud cracks and salt atDeath Valley,California (right)and in southern Utah (below). Jim Wilson
  • 27. Geoscientists  Study  Sediments  …   Wind blown sand dune at Little Sahara, Utah Jim Wilson
  • 28. Geoscientists  Study  Sediments  …  USGS scientists camp on a sand bar in the Grand Canyon. USGS
  • 29. Geoscientists  Study  Sediments  …   Sand ripples (left) and animal/insect tracks in sand (right). Jim WilsonHeavy minerals are sorted out to make dark bands. Tracks can become fossilized.
  • 30. Geoscientists  Study  Processes  that  Shape   the  Earth  …  Such as the flow of waterin rivers and streams. Jim Wilson
  • 31. Geoscientists  Study  Processes  that  Shape   the  Earth  …  Such as the flow of ice in glaciers. Jim Wilson
  • 32. Geoscientists  Study  Processes  that  Shape   the  Earth  …   Such as the failure of slopes. South Weber home damaged by mudflow.Thistle Landslide, Spanish Fork Canyon, Utah. UGS
  • 33. Geoscientists  Study  Processes  that  Shape   the  Earth  …  Such as the action of wavesand currents. Olympic Peninsula, Washington Jim Wilson
  • 34. Geoscientists  Study  Processes  that  Shape   the  Earth  …   Such as the growth of coral reefs.Satellite image of Bora Bora, south Pacific. NASA
  • 35. Geoscientists  Study  Processes  that  Shape   the  Earth  … Such as the impact of major storms. NASAHurricane Katrina comes ashore, 2005.
  • 36. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Lava flow in Hawaii USGS
  • 37. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Lava flow in Hawaii USGS
  • 38. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …Sampling sulfurous gases at Mt. Baker, Washington USGS
  • 39. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica Matthias Prinke, Wikipedia Commons
  • 40. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Okmok Caldera, Alaska AVO - USGS Christina Neal
  • 41. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Kasatoschi Volcano, Alaska AVO - USGS Jerry Morris
  • 42. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …  Measuring the temperatureof rocks inside the craterof a volcano. AVO - USGS Jessica Larsen
  • 43. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Skylight of a lava tube in Hawaii. HVO - USGS
  • 44. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …   Sunset Crater, Arizona USGS
  • 45. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …  Eruption of Stromboli, Italy,showing paths of projectiles. Wolfgang Beyer, Wikipedia Commons
  • 46. Geoscientists  Study  Volcanoes  …  Aniakchak Caldera, Alaska - a large explosion-collapse feature M. Williams, National Park Service"
  • 47. Geoscientists  Study  Earthquakes  …Identifying faults andpreparing maps ofareas with high riskof earthquakes.The Wasatch Fault at themouth of American ForkCanyon. USGS
  • 48. Geoscientists  Study  Earthquakes  …And create maps ofareas with high riskof earthquakes.Earthquake occurrences in Utah. USGS
  • 49. Geoscientists  Study  Earthquakes  …And attempt to prevent propertydamage and loss of lives. USGS
  • 50. Geoscientists  Study  Earthquakes  … To determine the type of ground motion.Offset rows in lettuce field Deformed fence, Hebgen Lake earthquakeEl Centro, California, earthquake, 1979. Montana, 1959.Univ. of Colorado USGS
  • 51. Geoscientists  Study  Climate  Change  …  Desert sand dunes move into an African village. USGS
  • 52. Geoscientists  Study  Climate  Change  …  Melting of the Shepard Glacierover a 92 year period asshown by photographs atGlacier National Park. USGS
  • 53. Geoscientists  Study  Other  Planetary  Bodies  … Mars Earth’s Moon NASA
  • 54. Geoscientists  Study  Other  Planetary  Bodies  …The 1st civilian on the moon was a geologist, Harrison Schmitt. USGS
  • 55. Geoscientists  Study  Other  Planetary  Bodies  …Harrison Schmitt collecting rocks on the Moon, Apollo 17. NASA
  • 56. Geoscientists  Study  Other  Planetary  Bodies  …   Rock “berries” on Mars (Circle is sampling spot by the Mars rover.) NASA Rock “berries” on Earth Zion National Park, Utah Jim Wilson
  • 57. Geoscientists  Study  Other  Planetary  Bodies  …   Volcano erupting on Io, a moon of Jupiter. NASA
  • 58. Geoscientists  use  Computer  Techniques  …Creating maps that the public can understand and use. UGS
  • 59. Geoscientists  use  Computer  Techniques  …Creating images of areas that cannot be directly observed. Seamount and volcano on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. USGS
  • 60. Geoscientists  use  Computer  Techniques  …To bring out subtle differences in images of rocks. USGS Modified color satellite image of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
  • 61. Geoscientists  use  Computer  Techniques  … To make 3-D images of the Earth. USGS
  • 62. Geoscientists  use  Computer  Techniques  …Such as remote sensing data to study the Earth. Satellite image of mountains and folded rocks at Coahuilla, Mexico. USGS
  • 63. Weber  State  Faculty  and  Students  …Use equipment such as the scanning electron microscope(SEM) to image and analyze tiny grains and details of rock. Volcanic ash particle. USGS Jim Wilson
  • 64. Weber  State  Faculty  and  Students  …Use equipment such as the x-ray diffractometer to identifyspecific minerals and measure their atomic spacings. Jim Wilson
  • 65. Weber  State  Faculty  and  Students  …Use equipment such asthe atomic forcemicroscope to study thesurfaces of materials.Microorganism on surface of acalcite grain. Width of the imageIs less than 2 microns. Marek Matyjasik
  • 66. Weber  State  Geosciences  Graduates   find  employment  with  …U. S. Geological Survey Utah Geological SurveyNational Forest Service National Park Service Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality Oil exploration and production Mineral extraction industries City and county government, planning & zoning Environmental and engineering consulting Public school system
  • 67. Geosciences   General  Education  and  Science  Inquiry   at  Weber  State  University.GEO PS 1020 Dinosaurs and the Fossil RecordGEO PS/SI 1030 Earthquakes and VolcanoesGEO PS 1060 Environmental GeosciencesGEO PS/SI 1110/1115 Dynamic Earth: Physical Geology & LabGEO PS/SI 1130 Introduction to MeteorologyGEO PS/SI 1350 Principles of Earth Science (for Elementary Ed. majors)GEO SI 3010 Oceanography and Earth SystemsOnly one GEO course is allowed for Physical Science Gen. Ed.,but a second course can be counted for Science Inquiry.
  • 68. Thanks  for  Viewing  Geosciences  at  Weber  State  University   Mt. Redoubt Volcano, Alaska AVO - USGS Dennis Josefcyzk