Desert research

Known for its extremes, Death Valley is a place where visitors can experience snow-covered mountains and fields of wild flowers in record-setting summer heat, as well as stand at the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere while looking at some of the highest mountains in the 48 contiguous states.

The drama and range of the area’s geology is a geologist’s dream.

For a week in March during spring break, Professor Geoffrey Collins and a dozen students in his “Field Geology Seminar” conducted research in Death Valley National Park, which is located in California and Nevada.