In September 2005, 16 students and 3 faculty flew to Las Vegas and the desert regions of the American southwest to investigate the tectonic, geomorpholo-gical and archaeological record of the Colorado River drainage.
Sites of interest included the volcanic geology of Sunset Crater National Monument and the Native American homesteads at Wupatki National Monument. The impressive geology of the Grand Canyon and the Mojave Desert were of considerable interest.
Students visted sand dunes at Kelso, limestone caves at Mitchell Caverns and 500 million year old rocks at Rainbow Basin. They also investigated water allocation issues at Hoover Dam
Economic change in the region was discussed at Calico Ghost Town, along Route 66 at Barstow, and in Las Vegas.
If there were any pictures taken in Las Vegas, we have not seen them!
Route 66 shield on motel in Barstow
Syncline at Rainbow Basin
Looking down the Colorado River from the top of Hoover Dam
An atmospheric look from the north rim of the Grand Canyon