NOVA field course to northern Rockies

This is a 2-week field course examining the geology of the Northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Dates will be July 10 to July 25, 2010. The trip will begin and end in Bozeman, Montana and will be co-taught by Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College) and Pete Berquist (Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia). Travel will be in two or three large vans, and accommodations will be a mix of dormitory residence (at Montana State University, Bozeman for four days) and camping (for ten days). Pre-trip meetings on Wednesday June 9 and Wednesday  June 23, 6:30pm, in CS 217 (the geology lab on the Annandale campus of NOVA).

Course description: Western Montana and Wyoming showcase tectonic, sedimentary, geomorphic, and volcanic features which provide world-class examples of geologic processes. Students in this course will complete field studies of locations in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as well as several other field sites. The course will involve VERY STRENUOUS outdoor physical activity: Students are expected to hike several miles at high elevations in rough, cold mountainous terrain in order to accomplish course objectives. Airfare, lodging, transportation, & some group supplies are covered in the $1400 course fee (does NOT include tuition or food). Food will be bought and prepared in small (3-5 person) food groups which will be organized according to dietary preference.

For more information, see the detailed itinerary online at:

If you are interested in more details about this class, I want to hear from you. Shoot me an e-mail or call my office at (703) 323-3276.

-Callan Bentley


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