•    Identification and description of sedimentary rocks
    •    Field recognition of paleosols
    •    Identification of sedimentary structures
    •    Measurement of cross-bedding
    •    Plotting cross-bedding measurements to determine paleocurrent directions
    •    Measurement of imbrication in pebbles to determine paleocurrent directions
    •    Measurement of stratigraphic sections
    •    Plotting stratigraphic boundaries on aerial photographs
    •    Measurement of strike and dip of bedding planes, joints, and faults using a Brunton compass
    •    Locating and interpreting subsurface data from boreholes and seismic data (depending on availability).
    •    Field recognition and measurement of normal and reverse faults
    •    Plotting structural features such as fold axes, faults, joints on a stereographic projection to aid in structural interpretation
    •    Recognition of stratigraphic units in the Little Badlands
    •    Knowledge of the sedimentary facies of alluvial fans, meandering streams, braided streams, and deltas to aid in sedimentological and paleoclimatic interpretation
    •    Knowledge of the sedimentary origins of the Great Plains
  •    Knowledge of the tectonic history of the Rocky Mountains
    •    Knowledge of surficial features, processes and deposits especially pediplains, fluvial terraces, piping, headward erosion, and colluvium
     •    Ability to express geologic measurements and units in a GIS
Useful Skills
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Acknowledgment: Web site and course info based on material developed by Allan Ashworth
Field Geology
Geology 450