Students of the 11th and 12th grade Young Geoscientists Field Course are now experienced young geologists. They have seen the geology of three major areas of Texas: South Texas, the Texas coast and Central Texas. For this trip they will experience the vastness of West Texas and southeastern tip of New Mexico.
Students will see familiar geologic concepts (erosion and deposition) and they will learn new concepts, such as how the mountains and valleys of West Texas and New Mexico were formed. And what a story it is, from the orogeny that formed the Ouchita’s, to the volcanics of the Davis Mountains, to the faulting of the Basin and Range. The students will visit and explore the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and get a view of El Capitan Mountain and an ancient coral reef. We will revisit cave systems at one of the most famous, Carlsbad Caverns, and we will learn why and how White Sands, New Mexico was created. Finally, we will visit our neighbors at UT El Paso and get a view of what college is like in the westernmost part of the State.