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Course Information

Course Title: Geology 451 (6 semester credits)

Fees: Approximately $3,400


Courses in mineralogy/petrology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, and field methods.  If you are lacking one or more of these courses, it may still be possible to attend camp. Please contact the Field Camp Director to discuss your individual situation.  Credit will be posted in the office of the registrar at the end of the summer term (mid-August).

Geology Field Camp Information

About 4 of the 6 weeks of the course will be run out of our field station in Ruth, about 5 miles west of Ely, Nevada.  Accommodations are rustic dorm-style, with a lounge, lecture room, kitchen, and showers.  Laundromat facilities and a post office are nearby.  During the final third of the course, we will stay in lodging in the town of Sutcliffe in western Nevada, on Pyramid Lake.  Most field camp meals will be planned and prepared by a field camp manager, and students will help with cooking and cleanup.  All food and camping expenses are covered in the course fees.


In mountainous areas of Nevada and Utah, you can count on cool evenings and warm to hot days in May and June. We will be working mainly at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, so sunscreen and a hat are essential.  Most days are clear, but we have had light snows in June. Spring rains, including afternoon thunderstorms, are possible too, so raingear is essential.


The Geology Field Camp will begin at 9 am on May 20, 2015 on the UNR campus.

Plan to arrive in Reno on May 19, so as to avoid any problems caused by flight delays.  After an initial orientation session, we will drive to our field station in Ruth, Nevada.  Our first night will be spent at the field station. Field work will commence on May 21 and will continue through June 27.  The group will return to Reno by noon of June 27.  Airline departures from Reno should be scheduled for no earlier than 2:00 PM on June 27.

Camp Director

Sean Long, Geology Field Camp Director
Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering, Mail Stop 0172
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 682-8750 (office)
(775) 784-1833 (fax)

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