PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT
Welcome to Astronomy and Geology at the Pinnacles National Monument
This is a two-unit course with a credit / no-credit option. One unit in Astronomy and one unit in Geology.
The course has six on-campus meetings that cover trip logistics, lectures, planetarium observations, and post-trip course summary (three geology and three astronomy). The remaining course time is completed in the field at Pinnacles National Monument in a two-night camping trip (Note: camping fee required dependent on number of students enrolled). Typically, we arrive on a Friday around 5:00PM when we set up telescopes for astronomical observations. On Saturday, we make geology observations of stratigraphic units and geologic structures found at the Pinnacles National Monument from the Bear Gulch Visitors Center to reservoir: see Pinnacles National Monument in 3-D. On Sunday at 10:30AM, we search out the basement, granitic units along Chalone Creek.
On Friday and Saturday nights, we setup telescopes and have evening lectures before our astronomical observations. We make night-sky observations up until mid-night both nights.
Pinnacles National Monument:
See the Pinnacles in 3-D: Pinnacles National Monument in 3-D.
Please download the Field Trip Guide and Exercise. This guide contains a materials list for what you need for the overnight camping.
Check out the National Park Service Geology of Pinnacles Website
Geology Take Home Final Exam 1
Astronomy Take Home Final Exam 1
Astronomy Exercise for those who missed 2nd Astro meeting
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page modified by: Robert Lopez
last revised May 1, 2007