2017 Pacific Section SEPM Fall Field Trip

Jurassic World – Architecture of Eolian Dunes, Ephemeral Streams, and Marine Shoreline: Page Sandstone, Carmel Formation, and Navajo Sandstone, Southwest Utah

Pacific Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) Fall Field Trip
Saturday & Sunday, October 7th & 8th, 2017

Trip Organizers/Leaders:
Thomas B. Anderson, University of Nevada, Reno
Mario V. Caputo, San Diego State University

REGISTRATION RESERVATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
PS-SEPM Fall 2017 FT Registration (PDF)

FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

Participant Limit: 48 plus 2 field trip leaders; no exceptions as regulated by the Bureau of Land Management; no more than 5 students per college or university unless the trip is not filled by the registration deadline, Friday, September 22nd

Vehicles Recommended: High-clearance, and/or 4-wheel drive for Sunday’s field trip

Highlights: The theme for this year’s PS-SEPM fall field trip is “back-to-basics in sedimentology” in the Paria Canyon – Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness (PC-VCW) east of Kanab in Kane County, southwest Utah. Co-leaders will focus on eolian sedimentary architecture preserved in the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone exposed at White House Camp for a full day on Saturday, and in the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone exposed along Wire Pass/Coyote Wash Trail for a half day on Sunday. Field trippers –professionals and students– have payment options for registration fees that vary according to the number of overnight stays and a preference for either indoor lodging or camping.  An accompanying field-trip guidebook calls reader’s attention to structural, geomorphic, and stratigraphic features seen along the paved route between Kanab, Utah and the two selected field-trip sites: White House Camp and Wire Pass/Coyote Wash Trail. It gives further details on the nature and origin of mainly eolian sedimentary characteristics visible in the Jurassic Page and Navajo Sandstones at the two field sites.

PS-SEPM Fall 2017 FT

Field Schedule:  Saturday, October 7, 2017 at White House Camp: From their location –home, Kanab, camp, etc. Friday night or Saturday morning– field trippers should assemble by 9:00 a.m. at White House Camp. The turn-off to White House camp is ~ 46 mi (~ 74 km) east of Kanab along federal route 89, and is marked by a brown Bureau of Land Management sign for “Paria Contact Station” on the south side of route 89. A graded road (named White House Trailhead Road on a Google Earth® view of the area) extends 2 mi (3.2 km) south of route 89 and ends at White House camp (Figure 1). Park vehicles outside of and north of the wooden fence that separates camp sites to the south and parking area to the north.
Good hiking boots or trail shoes that grip well on sandstone will enable short, easy hiking into shallow gullies and on rounded slickrock cliffs to view the best developed and exposed eolian stratification in the Page Sandstone in the Colorado Plateau Province. Nearly all sedimentary processes that operate on eolian dunes are represented by their resulting stratification. A lenticular redbed facies, deposited by interdune wadis (pronounced wä’dēs; restricted sense: ephemeral streams coursing through an eolian sand sea) locally interrupts the succession of eolian bedding. At this location, a tongue of the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation, in conformable contact with an overlying tongue of the Page Sandstone, is another redbed facies of possible shoreline microbial origin.
A ranch-style, outdoor dinner will be served at nearby Copper Cloud Ranch, the entrance of which is about a mile (1.6 km) west of the Paria Contact Station and south of route 89. Drive past the first white building and proceed southwest to the brown rugged buildings in the main part of the Ranch.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Wire Pass/Coyote Wash Trail: From their Saturday night location –Kanab or camp– field trippers should assemble by 9:00 a.m. in the parking area across from and west of the head of Wire Pass/Coyote Wash Trail; ~ 42 mi (~ 67 km) east of Kanab on route 89 and ~ 8 mi (~ 13 km) south of route 89 on House Rock Valley Road, a sometimes rugged, uneven graded road. Walking ~ 1.5 mi (~ 2.0 km) along the trail and creek bed enables views of Jurassic sedimentary strata, particularly of a spectacular exposure of brittle and plastic deformation of possible seismic origin in eolian dune beds of the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone.

PS-SEPM Fall 2017 FT Registration (PDF)

2017 Pacific Section SEPM Fall Field Trip

FALL FIELD TRIP, Saturday and Sunday, October 7 – 8, 2017

Jurassic World – Architecture of Ephemeral Streams, Eolian Dunes, and Marine Shoreline: Page Sandstone, Carmel Formation, and Navajo Sandstone, SW Utah
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument & Paria Wilderness, Kane County, Utah

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Thomas B. Anderson
University of Nevada, Reno

Mario V. Caputo
San Diego State University

Field Trip Information

Participant Limit: 48 plus 2 field trip leaders; no exceptions as regulated by the Bureau of Land Management and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM)
Vehicles Recommended: High-clearance, 4-wheel drive, especially for Sunday’s part of the trip

Highlights: The theme of this year’s PS-SEPM fall field trip is “back-to-basics in sedimentology,” and will focus on eolian sedimentary architecture of two lithostratigraphic units: the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone at White House camp in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and the Lower Jurassic Navajo Sandstone along Wire Pass/Coyote Wash trail in the Paria Canyon Wilderness. Two selected outcrop sites will be visited east of Kanab in Kane County, southwest Utah; one site for a full day on Saturday and a second site for a half day on Sunday. Field trippers -professionals and students- have options for paying registration fees that vary according to the number of nights attending and whether indoor lodging or camping is preferred. See next section on Fees. Registration and Release Forms, and location maps will be forthcoming.
The field-trip guidebook calls viewer’s attention to structural, geomorphic, and stratigraphic features seen along the paved route between Kanab, Utah and the two sites visited during the trip: White House camp and Wire Pass/Coyote Wash trail, and gives further details on the nature and origin of mainly eolian sedimentary characteristics preserved in the Jurassic Page and Navajo Sandstones at the two field trip sites.
On Saturday everyone should meet in the parking circle by 9:00 a.m. at White House camp, located ~ 46 mi (~ 74 km) east of Kanab along federal route 89 and 2 mi (3.2 km) south of route 89 on a graded road. Views on short, easy hikes into shallow gullies and on rounded slickrock cliffs are of the best developed and exposed eolian stratification in the Page Sandstone in the Colorado Plateau Province. Depositional associations are: wadi (restricted sense: an ephemeral stream coursing through an eolian sand sea) facies in the Page Sandstone, and microbialite facies (?) in the Middle Jurassic Carmel Formation.
On Sunday, everyone should assemble at 9:00 a.m. in the parking area across from the head of Wire Pass/Coyote Wash trail; ~ 42 mi (~ 67 km) east of Kanab on route 89 and ~ 8 mi (~ 13 km) south of route 89 on House Rock Valley Road (a rugged, uneven graded road) for a ~ 1.5 mi (~ 2.0 km) walk along the trail to view a spectacular exposure of brittle and plastic deformation in eolian dune strata of possible seismic origin.

Fees:

Lodging/Camping/Bunking Options:

Parry Lodge in Kanab. World famous for where a multitude of known actresses and actors
made their temporary home while filming westerns Utah in the early- to mid-1900s. It is least
costly and provides more amenities compared to other motels in Kanab. $109.80 per room per
night; single or double occupancy; includes buffet-style hot breakfast. Only 13 rooms
available on a first-come, first-served basis; pay with registration fees through PS-SEPM.
Copper Cloud Ranch (CCR) camping/sleeping. Located ~ 45 mi (~ 72 km) east of Kanab
and adjacent to Saturday’s field trip site. Open-field camping: $17.00 (includes 11.2%
tax)/person/night, includes shower; Bunkhouse sleeping: $39.00/person/night; includes
shower; sleeps 15. Pay with registration fees through PS-SEPM. Bring firewood, tents, cots, sleeping bags, towels, etc. Three (3) bathrooms & showers each for men and women.
White House camp (GSENM). Located ~ 48 mi (~ 77 km) east of Kanab and the site for
Saturday’s part of the field trip. Five (5) tent sites on a first-come, first served basis; chemical
toilets but no water; $5.00/site; pay on your own.
A listing of alternate motels in Kanab, Utah will be provided. Rates will vary.

Meals (per-person cost) (included in required professional and student registration fee):

Lunch, Saturday only: vegetarian or meat sandwiches, bag of chips, cookie, and beverage, plus snacks,
fruit, and water: $25.00
Saturday Night Dinner at Copper Cloud Ranch (formerly known as Paria Guest Ranch:
cowboy stew of beans, bacon, and sirloin (veggie-style will be available), corn bread, dessert,
water, lemonade, coffee, and tea: $27.00 (includes 7.95% tax)
Guidebook in color: $30.00 (included in required professional and student registration fee)

REGISTRATION FEES:
Professional (required). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100.00
Student (required). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 60.00
Friday & Saturday night option at Parry Lodge add . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$219.60
Saturday night only option at Parry Lodge add . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $109.80
Friday & Saturday night camping option at CCR add. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 34.00
Saturday night only camping option at CCR add. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 17.00
Friday & Saturday night Bunkhouse sleeping option at CCR add . . . . . . .$ 78.00
Saturday night only Bunkhouse sleeping option at CCR add. . . . . . . . . . .$ 39.00
PLEASE NOTE: Costs for other motels in Kanab, Utah and other camping are not included in above fee options.

PS-SEPM Fall Field Trip 2017 (PDF)

Paleontologist

cogstone paleontology

Cogstone Resource Management Inc. seeks a Paleontologist to perform full range of paleontological tasks associated with mitigation work. Advancement potential commensurate with the applicant’s abilities and performance. Work is mostly in southern California and thus expertise in either Miocene marine fossils or Plio-Pleistocene fossils is most relevant.

Paleontologist 2015 (PDF)

Call for Nominations

This is a call for nominations for the following 2015 Pacific Section-SEPM student awards:

  1. Raymond V. Ingersoll Undergraduate Award

PS-SEPM is now accepting nominations for the Raymond V. Ingersoll undergraduate thesis award.  This award is for the best senior thesis in sedimentology/stratigraphy by an undergraduate student.  The award consists of $500, and award plaque, a PS-SEPM t-shirt, and a 1-year membership in PS-SEPM.

  1. John C. Crowell Graduate Award

PS-SEPM is now accepting nominations for the John C. Crowell graduate thesis award. This award is for the best graduate thesis or dissertation in sedimentology/stratigraphy.  The award consists of $500, and award plaque, a PS-SEPM t-shirt, and a 1-year membership in PS-SEPM.

The nomination process simple.  Please submit to Dan Sturmer (sturmer.dan@gmail.com):

  1. The completed nomination form (below), including justification for the nomination
  2. The thesis/dissertation abstract

Following evaluation by the awards committee, students with the top three thesis abstracts will be asked to submit their entire thesis for review.  Awards will be announced in fall 2015.

All nominations are due by Friday, May 15th.  Nominate a deserving student today!

Dan Sturmer
Awards Manager, PS-SEPM
Geologist, GoM Miocene Exploration Team
Shell Exploration and Production Company

Raymond V. Ingersoll Undergraduate Award Form (PDF)

John C. Crowell Graduate Award Form (PDF)

Field Trip on Hawaii and Kauai

ANNOUNCEMENT & INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE

Field Trip on Hawaii and Kauai
August 2 – 8, 2015

SEDIMENTS OF A MID-PLATE VOLCANIC ISLAND COMPLEX:
A Field Investigative Trip on the Islands of Hawaii and Kauai

Trip Organizers and Leaders:
Chuck Siemers-Blay, TEOK Investigations, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii; teok@aloha.net Mario V. Caputo, Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University; mvcaputo@earthlink.net

A Field Investigative Trip on the Islands of Hawaii and Kauai

 

Field Trip Theme:
Natural history of select sedimentary deposits of the Hawaiian archipelago emphasizing five million years of geological evolution from the Big Island of Hawaii to the island of Kauai. Among the sedimentologic features showcased are: the mountain plateau glacial deposits of Mauna Kea, and the genesis of Hawaiian beach and coastal eolian dune deposits derived from both terrestrial volcanogenic and marine biogenic sources.

Field trip registration fee – $980.00*, which includes: 6 nights lodging on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai, field lunches for 5 days, ground transportation for 5 days, guidebook, first-night reception dinner, last-night Hawaiian-style dinner, and a 3-year professional or student membership in the Pacific Section SEPM. Please complete all forms: Registration, PS-SEPM membership, and signed Release and Indemnity Agreement.

* also includes a reservation fee of $250, which is non-refundable should a participant cancel his or her registration after the May 15, 2015 deadline. The total $980 registration fee will be refunded should the field trip be cancelled.

RESERVATIONS for a roundtrip flight to Hilo, Hawaii from the mainland and back to the mainland from Lihue, Kauai, plus an inter-island flight from Hilo to Lihue should be made BEFORE May 31, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE that all airfares ARE SEPARATE, additional costs, and are not included in the field trip registration fee.

STUDENTS, please contact Mario Caputo directly (909-579-0573 or mvcaputo@earthlink.net) about financial support to partly defray field trip expenses.

For further information and for those folks desiring rooms for single occupancy or rooms for more than 2 people should contact Chuck Siemers-Blay directly (808-742-8305 or teok@aloha.net).

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 15, 2015

Field Trip Limit: 27 participants (not including field trip leaders and video producer)

 

Announcement and Invitation – Hawaii 2015 (PDF)