California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

Seismo Life

Field Trips & Research Cruises

Students enrolled in the geophysics program can participate in a range of field opportunities. This provides a unique environment to learn about the spectacular geology local to Southern California. Previous field camps have surveyed the Eastern California Shear Zone in Owens Valley and the San Andreas Fault system near the Salton Sea. Students apply a range of geological and geophysical techniques to gain insight into the active tectonic processes that continue to shape California. These include field-based observations, and magnetic, gravity, and seismic surveys.

Through the GPS division and Tectonics Observatory, Seismo Lab students can also participate in National and International field trips. For example, geophysics students have previously attended research cruises from New Zealand to Antarctica, and deployed global positioning instrumentation in Tibet.

Below is a short list of recent field opportunities (See courses for class field trips):

  • Ge101 Introduction to Geology and Geochemistry
  • Ge111ab Applied Geophysics Seminar and Field
  • Ge136 Regional geology of the SW United States
  • Ge211 Joann's 'big' project course (either a cruise or the SSIP - Salton Sea Imaging Project)
  • Seismo Lab Faults Field Trip – 2010 Devil’s Punch Bowl
  • Hawaii Pahoehoe Field Trip for graduating students
  • Division Sponsored field trips