Death Valley field trip
This past spring break, Michelle Markley, associate professor of geology, and 14 students spent six days in Death Valley, exploring the unique geology of the lowest and hottest region of the United States.

Every three years, MHC professors lead a trip to Death Valley. For students, it’s a chance to observe different geological processes, including tectonics, salts pans, salt weathering, ventifacts (stones shaped by windblown sand), volcanic rocks, and desert varnish.

The group also spent time fossil hunting, hiking, and exploring abandoned mining camps.

Geology department faculty lead about 20 field trips for students each year, the majority in the Pioneer Valley and some further afield.
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