A WEEKLONG EXPLORATION OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
DEAPS Yellowstone is an eight-day immersion in the geologic wonders of Yellowstone and its surroundings. Through a rigorous itinerary of daily visits, hikes, and drive-bys throughout the Yellowstone/ Grand Teton NPs, you can look forward to an expert grounding in basic earth science from the nature and causes of volcanic eruptions to the origin and diversity of microbial life in hot springs, to what we can tell about past climates from the fossil record: A window on the uniquely broad and interdisciplinary science that exemplifies so much research in EAPS.
You may not have studied Earth science since grade-school, but this trip will introduce you to the fundamentals of geology, including the lexicon of different rock types and geologic eras, the concepts of absolute time and the complete rock record; plate tectonics; how to read topographic and geologic maps; and processes large and small, fast and slow, inherent to hotspots, of which the Yellowstone caldera, with its diverse collection of more than 10,000 thermal features, including hot springs, bubbling mudpots, and steaming fumaroles, provides such a superb example.
“DEAPS Yellowstone provides a unique immersion in some of the greatest geologic wonders of our planet.”
PROF. OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES
ASSOCIATE DEPARTMENT HEAD
What Will I Do?
» You will study the volcanic history of the Yellowstone area
» Camp in Yellowstone National Park
» Hear informal lectures by faculty and staff
» See geysers and hot springs
» Learn about life in extreme environments
» Study the detailed chemistry and biology of hot springs
» See evidence of earthquakes and volcanoes
» See a fossil forest that is approximately 50 million years old
But, perhaps more than all of this, DEAPS Yellowstone will provide you with an incredible kick-off experience as you start your undergraduate career at the Institute.
“DEAPS Yellowstone gives incoming students an extraordinary opportunity to learn all about geology, geophysics, geobiology, and geochemistry under the tutelage of faculty like Professor Grove, a world expert on the geology and geochemistry of calderas and volcanoes. With Yellowstone’s bubbling geysers, fuming hot springs, canyons, valleys, ridges, petrified forests, at their fingertips: It really doesn’t get better than this.”
GRADUATE STUDENT | COURSE 12