News from the IU Geologic Field Station
Wow, what a summer it has been! We had a great group of students for the summer field classes and had a great time exploring the geology of SW Montana. Twelve different schools were represented beyond the eight students from IUB this year.
All this despite historic flooding in the Yellowstone area that forced us to cancel our Big Horn Basin trip. Once the majority of Yellowstone was opened, we were able to visit the park for the day. Then there was a small forest fire above campus that was started by a lightning strike. Fortunately, the US Forest Service was quickly able to get the fire under control.
Facilities improvements included an interior remodel of the Resident Manager’s house, ongoing upgrades to the internet infrastructure and installation of a new water bottle hydration station in the Lodge. We are looking froward to next year and getting back to postpandemic class numbers.
Erika Elswick, Interim Executive Director
X429 Drone Footage of Digital Mapping concentration - Brian Yanites
The 2022 X429 “Digital Mapping” concentration measured the Beaver Creek delta which has been forming in response to the creation of Earthquake Lake, a water body formed by a landslide dam generated during the 1959 magnitude 7.3 Hebgen Lake Earthquake. Students employed RTK GPS, drone surveys, and ‘Structure from Motion’ to develop a detailed 3D map of the surface of the delta. The students were able to measure an average aggradation rate of 2.2 cm/yr since 1959 and have set up future 429 students to measure year-to-year changes in this dynamic system.