Most of my traveling these last few years has been made possible by the geology department at Brigham Young University - Idaho. I absolutely love my major! Over the course of 3 years, I have had the opportunity to go on several expansive field trips with the department. The mountains and valleys hold so much more meaning when you begin to understand just what they have undergone to be where they are and look as they do. For instance, this past week, we explored areas of northwest central Wyoming, all the way to central Idaho. We studied rocks that formed anywhere between 2.7 billion years ago, to only a few hundred thousand years ago. In events spanning from massive volcanic eruptions, large earthquakes, massive landslides, to glaciation, etc. This mountainous landscape has seen an incredible amount of dynamic changes, it is staggering to try to comprehend!
I have added a few of the locations we visited to my travel list including Dead Indian Overlook and the Bear-tooth Highway. These were my two favorite drives and locations. The views are second to none, and the geologic history and cultural history of each area is astounding! I highly recommend a visit to these areas! While you are there, look up the history, it may surprise you what you learn!
Here are a few pictures from our Structural Geology trip. Our focus was understanding geologic formations such as folds, faults, joints, etc., and how these elements came to be manifest in the rock record. Enjoy!!