Saturday, October 1, 2011

Announcement: Fall Meeting of the Far Western Section, Nov. 11-13, Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most unique desert environments to be found anywhere in North America. Sitting astride the boundary zone between the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, the park displays a startling variety of plant and animal species, and stunning displays of a Proterozoic metamorphic complex and Mesozoic plutonic rocks.

Copper Mountain College will be our host for the Fall 2011 meeting, which will include explorations of the park, and a journey to the interior of the Mojave to see the scarps from the 1992 Landers earthquake, still starkly obvious after two decades.

We invite anyone interested in the geological sciences to join us, including students (especially students!). This is a wonderful opportunity to see a fascinating corner of California's geology.

Friday November 11, 2011
6:00 PM Meet at Copper Mountain College Bell Center Community Room for Registration 
(On-site registration cost estimate is $50.)

7:00 PM NAGT Far Western Section Board Meeting
8:00 - 9:00 PM Registration

Saturday November 12, 2011
8:00 - 10:00 AM Meet at the Bell Center Community Room for Registration

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Field Trips (Choose One)
Field Trip Number 1
Landers Earthquake: Scarps still visible after 20 years plus Pioneer Town: Dating of a Miocene(?) erosional surface – Bob Reynolds

Field Trip Number 2 
Geology of Joshua Tree National Park – Bruce Bridenbecker
6:00 – 9:00 PM Evening Social with Lecture on Mines and Mining in Joshua Tree National Park - Dee Trent

Sunday November 13, 2011
8:00 AM Meet at Bell Center Parking Lot for Field Trip to Desert Queen Mine – Dee Trent
Field Trip should conclude by 2:00 or 3:00 PM.                                           

Joshua Tree Area Services
For a directory of area motels and restaurants visit the Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce Web Site at

Joshua Tree Area Camping
Indian Cove is located 13 miles east of Joshua Tree Village and 10 miles west of Twentynine Palms on the north side of the Wonderland of Rocks. Indian Cove Road dead-ends at this secluded area. Campers register at the ranger station located at the entrace to the Indian Cove area. Water is also available there.

Contact Bruce Bridenbecker for additional information.

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