The Department of Geophysics operates a four-week field program for undergraduate students and others from a variety of academic and institutional backgrounds. This program is designed to give students hands-on experience at conducting geophysical field investigations. The first half of the session is held in the field where students begin with a geological study of the area. Geophysical methods such as deep and shallow seismic, gravity, electromagnetics, self-potential, resistivity, and ground penetrating radar are used to collect data. For the second half of the session, students return to the Mines campus where they process and interpret the data. Field camp ends with a formal presentation of the results by the students to the department and other interested parties. Field camp is a required course for geophysics undergraduates and is generally taken in the summer between junior and senior year.
In May 2016, Mines geophysics students returned to the Pagosa Springs, Colorado area for a fifth year. Approximately 55 students, faculty, staff, and industry partners collected and processed data with the goal of characterizing the geothermal system of the Chromo area. Thank you, Pagosa Springs, for another great field camp experience!