Geology of the National Parks Trip

During may of 2011, I traveled with Ed Snyder and students from his Geology of the National Parks course to Grand Canyon National Park, Zion Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and various other destination in Southern Utah, Nevada, and Northern Arizona. The trip was the field component for the course allowing students to study in person the geological, environmental, and cultural anthropology of the Greater Colorado Plateau. As a biophysicist, my pre-trip knowledge of geology was minimal but I learned a lot and can still name the principle strata of the Grand Canyon. From top to bottom: Kaibab, Toroweap, Cocconino, Hermit Shale, Supai Group, Redwall, Tonto Group, and last but certain not least, the ancient Vishnu Schist. Check out a sample of my trip photos below.