Planetary Science 9605L

PlanetSci 9605L: Planetary Surface Processes Field School 

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Location: Arizona, Utah, Nevada - USA
Instructor: Gordon Osinski gosinski@uwo.ca

Dates: Field Course to take place May 1- 13, 2022Note: a 3-hour introductory lecture will be held in January 2022 (date to be decided upon in discussion with registered students) and one of the main assignments (see course outline) must be completed prior to the field school.

Field study of the geology and biology of various Moon/Mars analogue sites in North America. The main focus of the course will be an 13-day residential field experience examining various localities in northern Arizona and southern Utah, to take place in late April/early May. This region of the southwestern United States is a world-renowned environment for comparative planetology; the Apollo astronauts were trained there in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Field stops will focus on meteorite impact cratering (e.g., Meteor Crater, AZ; Upheaval Dome crater, UT), volcanism (e.g., Sunset Crater volcanic field, AZ), and canyon and valley formation (e.g., Canyonlands National Park, UT). Many of the locations to be visited are considered world-class terrestrial analogues for the Moon and Mars, such as Meteor Crater: the best-preserved meteorite impact crater on Earth. The goal of this course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary field studies experience with an emphasis on comparative planetology through the study of terrestrial analogues. Terrestrial analogues are places on Earth that approximate the geological and environmental conditions on the Moon, Mars and other planetary bodies, either at the present-day or in the past. This course will introduce students from a wide range of backgrounds to various aspects of planetary science, with an emphasis on planetary surface processes. The topics of astrobiology and planetary materials will also be integrated into this field program.

*Cross-listed with the EarthSci 4001Y undergraduate course.

Click here to view the course syllabus

Fees and Registration:

Registration and Cost (Western Graduate Student): This is a summer term course so you won't be able to officially enroll until April. Until this time and to secure a place, the payment of the deposit (see below) will be considered registration in the course.

The cost for this course is $1,900. A $500 deposit is required by January 11, 2022. The price includes return flights to Las Vegas, Nevada, plus all accommodation, vehicle rental, park access, course material costs, and evening meals. The full amount is payable by March 15, 2022. Note that a limited number of $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships are available to students through the Global Opportunities Awards program (deadline December 31 2021). For MSc and PhD students in the Collaborative Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration, the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration is in the process of drafting a new Experiential Learning Award. Details of this new award are forthcoming so please contact the Institute (westernspace@uwo.ca) should you have any questions.

Registration and Cost (Graduate Student at another Ontario University): Students at other Ontario universities are welcome on this course if there is sufficient space: please contact the course instructor to discuss before registering. The payment of the deposit (see below) will be considered registration in the course.

The Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan allows a graduate student registered at a university in Ontario (Home University) to take graduate courses at Western (Host University) without completing further admission formalities. Interested students must complete an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Application available at their current university and return it to their home department for approval.

The cost for this course is $1,600. A $500 deposit is required by January 11, 2022. The price includes all accommodation, vehicle rental, park access, course material costs, and evening meals, but does not include flights to Las Vegas. The full amount is payable by March 15, 2022.

Registration and Cost (Graduate Student at another non-Ontario University): Students at other Canadian or international universities are welcome on this course if there is sufficient space: please contact the course instructor to discuss before registering. The payment of the deposit (see below) will be considered registration in the course.

The cost for this course is $2,000. A $500 deposit is required by January 11, 2022. The price includes all accommodation, vehicle rental, park access, course material costs, and evening meals, but does not include flights to Las Vegas. The full amount is payable by March 15, 2022.

To pay fees electronically see the ES Store website

Photos from the Field