Iron freaking Point, people!
The epic view into the gorge across from Iron Point on the Owyhee River. Look carefully and you can see a remnant of the Clarks Butte lava.
Me and Noodles.
Everyone learned how to draw schematic cross sections under my watch. Some were quite adept by the end of camp.
The roads were FINE...repeat...FINE. Nothing like last June.
More section drawing. Everyone got to know the West Crater, Saddle Butte, Clarks Butte, and Bogus Rim lavas on day 2.
View toward the nipple on road to Birch Creek camp.
A lecture in the Arock schoolhouse. Love that place.
Dealing with the ONLY FLAT TIRE...on the chuckwagon no less. A flawless backcountry adventure.
A friendly visit with law enforcement.
The ONLY FLAT TIRE!
What is it about Hackey-Sack and college?
A classic example of the angle of repose as well as some fluvial action.
Eventually, I got on top of this short peak for some killer photos.
Sure, why not a half day off?
These cliffs are never boring.
From camp...big fat intracanyon lava flow.
The chuckwagon. Good...but needs some work.
First view into the map area.
More first view into the map area. Pretty baffling for the uninitiated.
University vans can go anywhere! We made three round-trip forays over the rim into and out of Hole in the Ground with 4 vehicles. Not one mishap...not even a scrape in a total of 24 passes.
Devils throne and its mega colonnade.
The snout of the west spring landslide. You bet it blocked the river.
A rare view into the un-landslid valley wall.
View to the large Double-spring landslide complex. A real monster. An even bigger one lurks downstream.
Landslide block with students for scale.
Devil's throne and the East Spring landslide.
The Greeley bar lava cascade (west arm)...some real surprises were found below it on this trip.
The field area's best attempt at a Toreva block. Look it up.
Who wouldn't cart this skull out of the field and tie it on the front of a UNR van?
Anomalously green and flowery scenes abounded this year.
The Grinning Gorilla
Found lots of new river gravel deposits this year...new to me, that is.
Snout of East Spring landslide / earthflow.
Big piles of lava. Total thickness of this intracanyon sequence (lava deltas and all) exceeds 60 meters.
Thick lava delta in Greeley Bar flow fills erosional notch in Bogus Rim lava here.
Plausibly in situ Tsv with rubble lag of Bogus Lava just west of the Cleft.
Heading down the Birch Creek Road.
Steep, rocky, and narrow. Not a single mishap.
The Tank Tread. Overlies river gravel. Appears to be flanked by an inset of Bogus Lava.
Spectacular tank-treadish intracanyon lava flow. An amazing exposure by any standard.
The cliffs of welded tuff looming behind our camp site.
Nice view up the West Greeley lava cascade.
Greeley Bar. Also, a flagrant fault in the Miocene rocks.
An amazing view by anyone's standards.
No matter what happens to it...the river wins. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Students missing the big pile of alluvium with no perceptible source area that toes out on the dogbone lava stack.
You can see the Clarks Butte lava from here.
The lava cliffs at the cleft...lots of interesting things here.
Gee...I wonder if there are two fat freaking lava flows here? Looking west across the cleft to the stack of Bogus Rim over.....
Lens of Greeley lava. Both overlain and underlain by river gravel. Who knew?
Great Basin rattlesnake.
View of the gravel beneath the Greeley lava.
Much of the slope here is formed on the gravel below the Greeley lava.
Gravel above and below Qbg here.
Toreva block. Note also the in situ Greeley lava flowing over a small ridge.
Prominent steps in the Qbg.
The Greeley steps.
The epic field camp brochure picture...right?
A student running down the road to retrieve forgotten field book.
The hump in the middle is river gravel. It is between (and under) the two steps of Greeley lava here.
Classic landslide topography.
Fault or landslide? Coudn't decide. Dammit.
Nice shot of the lava cliffs.
Decent boulder in the 'park'.
Big boulder in the 'park'.
Forced march. Nicely organized.
Everyone enjoys watching an outcrop get drilled.
The core prior to extraction.
And after extraction. just another hole in a lava flow laden with holes.
The hole with Rob's micro-mullet for scale.
Preliminary mitigation of the hole. Note local natural holes as well.
An ideal mitigation of small hole created to learn about the geologic history of this marvelous area.
Good luck finding this hole in a year.
The epic view into the Owyhee Breaks.
the view from the nipple.
A cool dragonfly.
View showing pinch-out of Greeley Bar lava. Also, a flagrant remnant of the Clarks Butte lava. Sweet!
The outcrop that was sample for paleomag....post-sample image.
Continuation of oldest intracanyon lava downstream from Birch Creek. Also note spectacular strath carved in the Miocene rocks here and mantled with river gravel.
It takes about 20 minutes to get to the top of the cliffs of welded tuff here.
Mitigate that mess, would ya?