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Geology of the Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park in Southeastern

Geological Society of Minnesota Field Trip

Geology of the Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park in Southeastern California

March 9-16, 2013

(Almost) Final Agenda

 

General Comments

 

Saturday March 9      Arrive and Mojave Preserve

 

 

Sunday March 10      Mojave Preserve

 

http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/MOJA/Caruthers/_Caruthers.htm

 

Monday March 11     Mojave Preserve

 

 

Tuesday March 12    Death Valley 

 

 

Wednesday March 13     Death Valley

 

 

Thursday March 14    Death Valley

 

 

Friday March 15    Death Valley and Panamint Valley

 

The first four stops are along the Emigrant Canyon road. They are at elevation and may not be possible due to snow. They will be scouted by the campers at Emigrant the night before. We also have to be aware of our time since we need to be in Trona for the plant tour at 1 pm.

  • Charcoal kilns   

http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/charcoalkilns.htm   http://www.panamintcity.com/panamint/charcoalkilns.html

http://www.panamintcity.com/panamint/aguereberrypoint.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Searles_Lake  http://www.svminerals.com/default.aspx  http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/NACC-bus.htm

http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/  http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/geology.htm http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1727/   http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML0332/ML033280390.pdf

  • Overnight in Trona  It is recommended that everyone stay in motel and not camp this evening since there are no campgrounds with facilities within several miles.                                                                   http://www.yelp.com/biz/pinnacle-inn-motel-trona

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trona,_San_Bernardino_County,_California   http://www.desertusa.com/Cities/ca/trona.html

 

Saturday March 16     Searles Valley

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trona_Pinnacles  http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/Pinnacle.htm

http://www.squidoo.com/Trona-Old-Guest-House-Museum                                              

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehachapi_Pass_Wind_Farm http://clui.org/ludb/site/tehachapi-wind-farm                                       http://www.wind-works.org/articles/TehachapiTourGuide.html

 

Recommended reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This link is primarily for off-road vehicles, but it has some nice photographs and information                                                                                       http://www.mojave-road.com/index.htm

 

 

      http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/AmargosaDesert.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amargosa_River

 

  • Digital-Desert. This is a very comprehensive website dedicated to the natural history of the Mojave Desert. Worth spending several hours exploring! http://digital-desert.com/