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Eastern Mojave Desert road trip, geology, hike, and Desert Studies Center Zzyzx
TRIP IS FILLED 10/30/2018 This is a geologic road trip with short hikes (less than 3 miles) to interesting locations in the eastern Mojave Desert. You must provide your own vehicle or car pool. All of the roads are paved with the exception of the Cedar Canyon/Black Mountain stretch on Sunday, and it's a good gravel road suitable for most vehicles with standard clearance. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR VEHICLE'S GAS AND FILL-UP AT PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES. Focus will be on visiting and explaining geologic features and concepts best learned in the field (especially the desert), and show-casing the fascinating and complex geologic history of the southwestern US. Tentative itinerary of geologic locations to visit: Friday afternoon (11/16 for those showing up early): outcrops adjacent to DSC and Soda Springs. Plus evening orientation in DSC work room. Saturday (11/17): Cinder Cone Lava Beds, Kelso Dunes, west slope of the Providence Mountains, Teutonia Peak, and west slope of Ivanpah and Mescal Mountains. Sunday (11/18): Kelso Museum, Mid-Hills and Table Mountain, Hole-in-the-Wall, and Providence Mountains State Park (if we are lucky there'll be a cancellation and we'll get a tour of the Mitchell Caverns. Kelso Museum will be a good place to park low clearance vehicles and we will return to them at end of day. I am showing up at DSC about 2:00 PM on Friday. You are welcome to show then (but not before). Between 2-5 PM we can look the geology near the DSC and do some map and compass practice. IMPORTANT: You need to arrive at the DSC before 9:00 PM on Friday, not later. If this is not possible then you need to show at DSC before 8:00 AM on Saturday and ready to go on trip. We are not camping. Friday (11/16) and Saturday (11/17) nights we are all staying at the Desert Studies Center (DSC), aka Zzyzx, near Baker, CA. You will have a room and access to showers at the DSC. All rooms are equipped with single, double or bunk beds with mattresses; guests must supply their own bedding or sleeping bag and pillow. Friday and Saturday dinners are provided at DSC by cater, and Saturday and Sunday breakfasts are provided at the DSC by cater. Meals and lodging are part of the package price of the trip and price cannot be eliminated or discounted if you are not present. You will need to bring your lunch, water bottles, and hiking stuff and proper outdoors clothing for Saturday and Sunday. THIS IS THE HIGH DESERT WITH A WIDE RANGE OF TEMPERATURES, SO PLEASE CHECK THE WEATHER CONDITIONS BEFORE ARRIVING. Info on DSC: Info on rooms at DSC: Location of DSC:

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Desert Studies Center

Zzyzx Road · Baker, CA


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Below outlines the Geologic Maps Foundation geo-hikes that are organized through its Meetup page:

This Meetup group is open to hikers, professional geologists, geology instructors, and geology students.

There are number of geo-hikes scheduled for 2018-19 and more will be added. "Spreading the word" about these events is most appreciated. Interaction of professional geologists and geology students with hikers, that are not geologists, informs the public about geology and its importance.

Hikers, do you want to learn a bit of field geology and map reading skills while hiking, and sometimes camping, in the western USA? Interested in participating in geo-hikes and trips to scenic, and sometimes remote, locations? Want to learn about the fascinating history of the earth at these locations while on the move? If yes, then events hosted and led by the Geologic Maps Foundation might be of interest to you. Plus the participants meet others with similar interests while getting great exercise. You do not have to be a geologist to attend but an eagerness to learn some basic geology and map reading skills are a must.

Professional geologists can share their knowledge and experiences (as co-leaders) with non-geologists while exercising and returning to why they got into geology in the first place.

Geology students (at any level) will gain field experience, an opportunity to interact and make contacts with professional geologists that could be helpful in the future; plus lots of outdoors exercise in interesting geologic settings.

Some events and courses are free while others are fund-raisers and require a donation to cover expenses and operating costs. The Foundation is a tax-exempt nonprofit ,IRS 501 (3) (C), with an scientific educational and research focus. Donations are tax deductible and go towards the expenses of the event and the operating cost of the Foundation.

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