The 10th grade Young Geoscientist Field Course will take the 2nd year experienced students along the path of sediment transport from the uplifted Hill Country to the Texas Gulf Coast. Students will get the opportunity to spend a few days on the UT Austin campus before heading south, and across bay on the the Port Aransas Ferry to the remarkable town of Port Aransas, Texas.
These rising 10th graders will learn about rivers as erosional agents, and then how sediment transported to the Texas Coast becomes islands and a thriving but delicate ecosystem. Students wills study the impact of natural processes that affect the Texas Gulf Coast. These natural processes, such as wind, rivers, storms and changes in sea level, are brought to light by allowing students to immerse themselves in field work. Students will visit South Padre Island and Mustang Island. In addition to learning about geology, students will be able to learn about marine science by taking a boat ride and trolling for Gulf dwelling creatures, and visiting the Texas State Aquarium.