Rocks and Minerals of Joshua Tree National Park*     

(Geosciences X425.1, 1.5 units)

Date/Time: Friday, February 24, 6 pm – 9 pm, Saturday, February 25, 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday, February 26, 8 am – 4 pm
Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms
Fee: $135 JTNPA/PINE/OSHER members, $145 non member
Credit Fee  $210 JTNPA/PINE/OSHER members, $220 non member
Instructor: Robert Pellenbarg, Ph.D., Professor, College of the Desert
Hike Level: Easy

Learn the geologic story of tectonic plates, magma, and time that formed the building blocks of Joshua Tree National Park.  Pellenbarg will explain the critical principles that shaped the rocks and minerals of this area into the blonde granite and pre-Cambrian gneiss that are iconic of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. During this combined three-day lecture and field class, participants will focus on identification of minerals and the three basic rock types: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, by reviewing physical properties such as transparency, luster, hardness, cleavage, fracture, specific gravity, and crystal form that define the rocks and minerals within these groups in the classroom. The class will then apply their knowledge in the field by exploring numerous examples of the iconic rock types, contact zones, and unique geologic formations like polka dot granite and pink feldspar megacrysts.

Click to download the course outline Rocks & Minerals of JTNP Outline – Spring 2017

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

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