GEOLOGICAL TRIP ORGANIZED
Plans for Summer Excursion to Colorado Mountains in Charge of Prof. Atwood Outlined.
Plans have been approved by the Department of Geology, and await the final approval of the University Faculty, for another geological excursion to the mountains of Colorado. These plans would make it possible for students to take a five weeks' course, for which one-half credit will be given, or to remain eight weeks, and, on submitting a satisfactory written report on the field work, secure one full course credit.
The plans involve the presence of two instructors for the party, so that various lines of geological work may be emphasized, and the students may get the benefit of training under men of different specialties. Dr. W. P. Haynes '10, who took his doctor's degree here two years ago, and who has had charge of field expeditions for the department independently, will be associated with Professor Atwood in this work. The proposal is that the work begin in the second week in July, and continue until about the first of September.
It is estimated that the camp expenses for the eight weeks, which will include an individual saddle horse during the last two weeks, when the party will be travelling through the high mountain area, will be $150. The Department Faculty will recommend that the tuition for one-half course will stand as it was last year, $20, and for a full course $30. The other necessary expense will be travelling to either Ouray or Creede, Colo., and return.
Last year's party consisted of fourteen men who, during the first three weeks of their work, made a geological survey of an area of nearly 200 square miles. During that time they were organized as a Government party doing actual geological work in an unsurveyed region. After visiting a number of the important mines and milling plants in the district, the party, with a light equipment, went with a pack train through the mountains. Detailed work, followed by the trip through the mountains, made it possible for the men to not only become familiar with a large number of geological phenomena, but to appreciate better the great physical history of the mountains, and through the emphasis of physiographic methods, to understand the present forms of relief in the region. The party was fortunate in not having any serious accidents occur, and the pleasures of camp life were made even greater by the hard work of each day. The members of last summer's party were: L. B. R. Briggs, Jr., '16, J. L. Ferguson 1G., W. W. Kent '16, E. B. Condon '18, B. Norman '18, S. E. Peabody '18, J. K. Selden '16, T. L. Storer '18, R. S. Sturgis '16, W. J. R. Taylor '17, L. P. Teas, R. A. Terry, L. B. Walker, and R. V. Whitney '18.
The satisfactory completion of Geology 1 or 4 or an equivalent training in Geology, will be required of all candidates, but those who propose to take the summer work should plan to go on with Geology 5 or 6 during the second term and all who can go into the two courses (5 and 6) will find it much to their advantage when they get into the field.
Ten men have already gone down on the preliminary list for next year, and as the party will be necessarily limited, all who are thinking of taking this trip should confer with Professor Atwood at an early date.