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, Wheaton College Professor Geoffrey Collins and a dozen students in his “Field Geology Seminar” conducted geological research in Death Valley National Park, which is located in California and Nevada.
The students had the opportunity to broaden their research landscape beyond the New England region where they usually do fieldwork and a chance to engage textbook concepts in person. Here is a collection of videos, photos and written reflections that capture their experiences. (Read more about the trip here.)