Field course: IU Geologic Field Station, Montana
Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains
This field course takes place at IU’s Judson Mead Geologic Field Station. It is an immersive and hands-on geoscience course taught mainly in the field. It’s designed to help you build skills and integrate many different geoscience sub-disciplines to solve complex 4-dimensional geologic problems. Projects range from outcrop to regional scale and involve Archean to Cenozoic age rocks.
The Field Station is located in Cardwell, Montana, which sits in the valley of the Jefferson River in the Tobacco Root Mountains. Our location in the Rocky Mountains is unique with remarkably diverse geology spanning 3.5 Ga of Geologic history. Rocks immediately around the IUGFS include Archean gneisses and schists, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks, Cretaceous-Tertiary intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks, and Neogene sedimentary rocks that are barely lithified.