Geology of the Grand Canyon

Course Summary: Travel down the Colorado River on a 35 foot motorized S-boat from Lee’s Ferry to Lava Falls (about ½ the length of the Grand Canyon). Experience white-water rafting while learning the geologic history of the world-famous Grand Canyon. Camp along the banks of the Colorado and hike in the side canyons of the Grand Canyon to investigate the geologic formations that make up the Canyon and observe the results of ancient and modern geologic processes that have shaped the Canyon.

The Geology of the Grand Canyon Field Course

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  • UAA geology students rafting down the Grand Canyon
  • Phanerozoic strata of the Grand Canyon
  • Enjoying the view
  • Hard at work
  • Examining sedimentary rock
  • Getting geologically oriented
  • A field lecture
  • A beautiful canyon tributary