21 August, 2015 Great Falls Montana United States

Geology in Montana along the Missouri River: Canoeing with Lewis & Clark.

17-21 August 2015
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Great Falls, Montana, United States

 

Who Should Attend
Geologists and spouses, educators, and fans of Lewis and Clark who desire to become more familiar with the varied and complex geology along the Upper Missouri River in Montana that influenced the Lewis & Clark expedition. Many of the river landscapes seen by canoe are unchanged from the way Lewis & Clark saw them 210 years ago.
Objectives

Participants will explore a number of classic geological sites that affected the Lewis and Clark expedition in Montana on this six day excursion, including the Gates of the Mountains canyon within the Montana Thrust Belt, Lewis’ “Tower Rock” atop late Cretaceous volcanics, hikes to the Great Falls of the Missouri through Lower Cretaceous deltaic sediments, and the Marias/Missouri River “decision point”.

This excursion will also include visits to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive center, First People’s Buffalo Jump, and the famous C. M. Russell western art museum.

Course Content
Participants will explore a number of classic geological sites that affected the Lewis and Clark expedition in Montana on this six day excursion, including the Gates of the Mountains canyon within the Montana Thrust Belt, Lewis’ “Tower Rock” atop late Cretaceous volcanics, hikes to the Great Falls of the Missouri through Lower Cretaceous deltaic sediments, and the Marias/Missouri River “decision point.”

Although geology as a science was in its infancy when President Thomas Jefferson commissioned this expedition in the early 1800s, the progress of the “voyage of discovery” was heavily influenced by the geology encountered along the way. Lewis, schooled as a Naturalist, described the geological landscapes he saw in vivid detail throughout his daily journals.

This excursion will also include visits to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, First People’s Buffalo Jump, and the famous C. M. Russell western art museum.

Field Seminar Location
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Travel day to Great Falls. Rooms are guaranteed reserved under your name at the Staybridge Suites in Great Falls beginning the evening of August 16, 2015. You may be asked for a credit card at check-in to cover incidental charges (room cost is covered by your registration fee). Complimentary hotel/airport shuttle available until midnight via the Staybridge courtesy phone near baggage claim at the airport or calling the hotel at 406-761-0381

Dinner is on your own. If people arrive before 6 pm we may have a brief meeting to pass out waterproof bags for the canoe trip.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Orientation-Coal Banks to Eagle Creek (14 miles)

7:00 am

Continental Breakfast provided at Staybridge

8:00 am

Assemble on Staybridge patio behind breakfast area for introductions and trip orientation.

8:30 am

Meet Outfitter Van in Front of Staybridge – Check out of Hotel. Outfitter will keep any luggage not needed locked up in van during canoe trip.

10:00 am

Missouri Overlook at Fort Benton

10:30 am

Lewis & Clark Decision Point, Loma, MT

11:00 am

Build sack lunches. Load Outfitter canoes

11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Canoe trip from Coal Banks to Eagle Creek Camp (14 miles)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Eagle Creek to Dark Butte/Steamboat Rock (13 miles)

8:00 am

Breakfast provided by Outfitter

9:00 am

Hike to Neat Coulee. Discussion of Up Cret. Eagle/Virgelle depositional system

10:00 am

Build lunches and load canoes

12:00 pm

Lunch at Hole-in-the-Wall

1:00 pm

Afternoon hike to Hole-in-the-Wall

6:00 pm - overnight

Overnight at Dark Butte. Dinner cooked by Outfitter

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Dark Butte/Steamboat to Slaughter River (8 Miles)

7:00 am

Breakfast cooked by Outfitter

8:15 am

Hike to Steamboat Rock/Dark Butte intrusive, Archangel

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Load canoes for paddle to Slaughter River

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Dark Butte Camp. Evening meal cooked by Outfitter

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Slaughter River to Judith Landing (12 miles)

7:00 am

Breakfast provided by Outfitter

7:30 am

Break camp. Load canoes.

8:00 am

Discussion of meaning of "Slaughter River"; interpretation of Eagle Virgelle outcrop across river.

9:00 am

Load canoes.

Lunch along the river.

By afternoon we will begin to see outcrops of the Campanian Judith River Formation, first appearing as sandstone cliffs and shales at higher elevations away from the river, and gradually coming closer to the river.

5:00 pm

Unload canoes at Judith Landing

8:00 pm

Return to Staybridge in Great Falls for late evening meal.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Great Falls of the Missouri

7:00 am

Continental Breakfast provided at Staybridge

8:00 am

Walk behind hotel to Riverfront Park. Discussion of Lewis and his encounter with a grizzly bear and other various wild animals. Walk to Courthouse and bronze sculpture of Sacajawea: importance of Sacajawea as an Indian Guide.

9:00 am

Photo stop at Broadwater Overlook, Lewis & Clark Bronze

10:00 am

Hike to Black Eagle Falls Overlook

10:30 pm

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

12:00 pm

Lunch at Giant Springs State Park

1:00 pm

Drive to Gates-of-the-Mountains Canyon boat tour with stops in Adel Mountain volcanics (Late Cretaceous) and Craig Anticlinorium along Norgang Thrust

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour

6:00 pm

Evening Bar-b-que at the Hansens!

Overnight at Staybridge. Field Seminar ends

$2,900
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Expires on
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Regular Tuition
$2,700
$2,700
Expires on
19 July, 2015
Early Tuition
25 people
Limit
3.6
CEU

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrants in AAPG Field Seminars must complete and sign the Release and Indemnity Form on the bottom of the Registration Form (or read and agree to the appropriate box during online registration.) Your registration will not be complete until we have your signed form in our files.

Tuition includes all lodging, transportation, outfitter fees, meals, and museum entrance fees.  No refunds for cancellations after 7/20/2015.

 

William B. Hansen Jireh Consulting Services, Great Falls, Montana, USA
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