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Spaceward Bound: Red River Valley North Dakota 2009

TENTATIVE SYLLABUS

Monday, June 22rd:

  • 7:30 a.m.  Jon, Don, Ken, Chris? pick up vans at Wallworks.
  • 8:30 a.m:  Group gathers at NDSU.  Registration.  Introductions and course overview.
  • Morning:  OSL presentation by Lepper, with tour of OSL lab.
  • Morning:  talks by McKay and Rask.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon:  field tour to Bluestem Prairie (Lake Agassiz strands); engineering geology of Stockwood Fill; artesian well; morainic uplands with kettles (as time allows)
  • OPTION:  Geoprobe drilling of a glacial landform.
  • Return to Fargo.
  • Evening session at NDSU:  2 hours, topic TBD but likely on landform analyses of glacial system.
  • Overnight for group in Fargo.
  • TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS: 10

Tuesday, June 23rd:

  • 8 a.m:  vans leave NDSU, and head southwest.
  • Morning:  Sheyenne “delta”, Sheyenne meltwater trench, dunes, fluvial landforms.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon: outwash, hydraulic (sand) “volcanoes”, eskers and kames, travel to tip of Prairie Coteau.
  • Return to Fargo.
  • Evening session at NDSU:  2 hours, topics TBD.
  • Overnight for group in Fargo.
  • TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS: 10

Wednesday, June 24th:

  • 8 a.m:  vans leave NDSU and head south.
  • Morning: outlet of Lake Agassiz (the “River Warren”).
  • Morning through early afternoon:  OSL chronology of Lake Agassiz strands.
  • Afternoon:  glacial features atop the Prairie Coteau; the granites/saprolites at Milbank
  • Return to Fargo in late evening.
  • Overnight for group either in Fargo or Grand Forks (individual teacher’s option).
  • TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS: 9

Thursday, June 25th:

  • Vans for “Fargo-based” group depart NDSU at 6:45 a.m, and travel to UND-CAS (Grand Forks).
  • 8 a.m: tour of UND-CAS facilities.  Space suit talk by de Leon, others.
  • Afternoon: the Dahlen esker: landform analyses, with initial testing of technologies.
  • Return to Grand Forks (overnight)
  • TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS: 9

Friday, June 26th:

  • 8 a.m.: vans leave UND and return to Dahlen esker.
  • Morning/afternoon: space suit work and further testing of technologies.
  • Return to Grand Forks.  Course ends in late afternoon.  Return home.
  • TOTAL INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS:

Contact for Further Information or to Register for the Course:

    Jon Rask
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Building 239 Room 238
    Moffett Field, CA 94035
    Phone: (650) 604-5363
    E-mail: jon.c.rask@nasa.gov
    Fax: (650) 604-3954

 

 
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