Field Trips

FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

The 2017 Program Committee has organized three field trips. Exact cost for each field trip is forthcoming and will be listed on the registration form.

Geodynamics, Geophysics, and Geology of the Colorado Front Range

Friday, 21 April, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (the day after the regular meeting program), lunch included.
Trip leaders: Will Levandowski (U.S. Geological Survey), Dean Ostenaa (Ostenaa Geologic), Zane Jobe (Colorado School of Mines), Rich Briggs (U.S. Geological Survey), Mark Zellman (Fugro Consultants Inc.)

This field trip will visit sites that illustrate key geophysical and geological questions along the Colorado Front Range of the Rocky Mountains: What are the geodynamic drivers of broad deformation and focused seismicity along the Rocky Mountains/High Plains transition? What evidence for Cenozoic deformation is recorded in the Denver Basin and Quaternary surfaces along the Front Range? How did these beautiful mountains form and what processes are active today?

Stops extend into the Front Range west of Denver and tentatively include Lookout Mountain, where East meets West; a view of the Continental Divide from Genesee; the Rocky Mountain erosion surface at Evergreen; deformed strata of the Ancestral Rockies at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison; and evidence for Cenozoic deformation and erosion at North Table Mountain in Golden. Lunch will be provided at a local brewery. The trip begins and ends at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Hiking will be minimal but dress for spring weather and for outdoor trip stops.


Facilities Tour of NEIC, NOAA, and UNAVCO

Friday, 21 April, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (the day after the regular meeting program), lunch included.
Trip leader: Gavin Hayes (U.S. Geological Survey)

This trip will visit three major earth science facilities along the Colorado Front Range. Stops include a specialist’s perspective on global earthquake response at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC). In Boulder, participants will tour the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) David Skaggs Research Center with stops at the Space Weather Prediction Center, ESRL Global Monitoring Division for information on the carbon dioxide record, the National Weather Service Forecast Office, and Science On a Sphere. Finally, participants will tour the UNAVCO, Inc. global geodetic facility in Boulder. The trip begins and ends at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and hiking will be minimal. Lunch will be served at a local brewery.


The Epicenter of Induced Seismicity: Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Friday, 21 April, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (the day after the regular meeting program), lunch included.
Trip leaders: Leaders: Meghan Brown, Anne Sheehan (CU Boulder)

Deep injection during the 1960s at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA), only ten miles/15 kilometers from the 2017 Annual Meeting location, caused damaging earthquakes in the Denver region and awoke the scientific community to the problem of induced seismicity. This trip focuses on our current understanding of induced seismicity in the context of the history of RMA and lessons learned from recent regulatory frameworks. Stops include sites at RMA and a nearby injection well. The trip begins and ends at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Hiking will be minimal but dress for spring weather and for outdoor trip stops. Lunch will be provided.

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