GEO 391 Field Stratigraphy: Guadalupe Mtns

Field Stratigraphy in the Guadalupe Mountains – GEO391

For course timing see UT Course Schedules:

Course Description
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the study of sedimentary rocks using the Guadalupe Mountains (or perhaps Big Bend) as our natural laboratory. We will develop fundamental field skills and gain a broad understanding of the evolution of an Upper Permian carbonate platform and reef complex in a classic geologic area. The Guadalupe Mountains provide superb continuous exposure of a wide spectrum of carbonate and siliciclastic environments across a shelf to basin transect. Students will measure sections, interpret depositional environments, and synthesize observations at multiple locations to infer paleogeographic evolution. It will be very helpful if the student has an upper level undergraduate course in sed/strat depositional environments. We hope that students from a range of subdisciplines participate.


Paleogeographic Evolution
Facies Model
Lithostratigraphic Cross-Section
Measured Section with Outcrop Photos

Spring 2016 Course Documents
Spring 2016 Syllabus
Spring 2016 Course Flyer
Spring 2016 Field Guide

Sedimentary Rocks in the Field, 2003. By Tucker, M. E., John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, United Kingdom, Third edition, 234 p.

Previous Field Trips
May 2012 field trip (field guide)
May 2008 field trip (field guide)