International Geology Field Camp on the North Anatolian Fault,
Taskesti, Western Turkey
May 31 - July 5, 2015
Camp full. Contact Dr. Uzunlar for waitlist
Study the spectacular geology and culture of the Tethys realm of Turkey. Projects examine Jurassic and Cretaceous strata of the Sakarya microcontinent, Paleocene granite in Sivrihisar magmatic belt, Post-Tethyan Tertiary strata and structure of the Haymana basin, and the tectonics of contrasting terrains (metamorphic vs sedimentary) across the North Anatolian fault. The instructors have extensive experience related to the structural and economic geology of Turkey. Cultural and historical experiences include Sunday trips beaches on the Black sea coast, museums and shopping centers in Ankara and Istanbul, as well as local/regional cultural features.
Location: Taskesti town, located on North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ) in Abant Valley, approximately 200 km east of Istanbul.
Facilities: Lodging includes three weeks at the Taskesti field research station of the Turkish General Directorate of Disaster Affairs (Earthquake Research Department), with nine 2-3 person rooms, each with bathroom and shower, a large conference room, kitchen, and dining hall. An experienced cook will provide meals. The research facility at Taskesti has been occupied by international scientists for more than twenty years. The locals are very much accustomed to tourists. Nearby Lake Abant and Kartalkaya Resort (15 miles to Taskesti) is a premium winter sports center and summer getaway for many Turks and Europeans. One week will be spent at the Cayirhan coal mine facilities, and one week in Sivrihisar area.
Course Content : The course includes preparation of stratigraphic columns, structural cross sections, and geologic maps, and completion of formal reports. Successive projects involve greater geologic complexity, and some may emphasize geologic hazard or mineral resource assessment. Practical applications to environment-related problems, earthquake hazards, landslides, and hydrogeology may be included.
Physical Demands: Field work will involve working in rugged and steep terrain. Some projects may include demanding hikes of considerable length and elevation gain. Students are expected to be physically and mentally prepared to work in these conditions.
Field Equipment: Geologic rock hammer and hammer holder, Hand lens (10x), Mechanical and colored pencils (#2 lead (or harder) and variety of colors), (2) Pilot extra fine (0.5) black RT pens, Field notebook(s), Daypack and/or field vest for carrying field supplies, H2O bottles, Clip/map board, Protractor and straight edge, Pocket knife (good for a lot of things as well as a scratch test tool), Grain-size chart, Dilute HCl ,Safety glasses, Calculator, Good quality digital camera (with downloading capabilities), Laptop computer, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Sunglasses
Field clothing: Sturdy hiking boots (mandatory),Rain jacket, Fleece jacket (idea is to dress in thin, light, and breathable layers that can be added or subtracted according to conditions), Light-weight leather work gloves, Field hat (full brim), Swimsuit (for Black Sea).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND COSTS
Dr's, Alvis Lisenbee, Colin Paterson, Nuri Uzunlar and Umit Yildiz; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
For more information Contact:
Dr. Nuri Uzunlar, Director
Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 E. St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Phone: (605) 394 - 2494 or 2461
Cell: (605) 431-1275