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Alaska glaciers & fossils for college credit

If you are a student 18 years or older, join an expedition in the Alaska wilderness and earn college credit. Alaska Endeavour has partnered with the Institute for Field Research to offer two field classes this season on board our research vessel.

Glacier Change & Landscape Evolution

Dr. Molnia on an earlier glacier expedition aboard the Endeavour.


· July 7-13 online, July 7-27 onboard

· Instructor: Dr. Bruce Molnia

· Credits: 6 semester (12 quarter)


Join this exciting expedition to examine and document changes in glacier coverage along Alaska’s Lost Coast, from Glacier Bay to Prince William Sound. You’ll start with a one-week online course covering glacier dynamics, techniques for documenting landscape changes, and the geography and geology of Alaska.


Then you’ll board the research vessel Endeavour, where you’ll spend the next two weeks exploring this nearly uninhabited coastline. You’ll learn about different glaciers and how they shape the environment. You will learn to use repeat photography, which compares images you’ll collect with historical photographs taken in the same location, to show changes in the landscape.


We will live and study aboard the ship, giving us access to remote locations and extraordinary opportunities to discuss and reflect while experiencing life on a research vessel. Note: This program is limited to six students.


· Be part of ongoing research to document glacier change in Alaska.

· Earn six college semester credits on successful completion of the program.

· Visit more than 50 glaciers while exploring the Lost Coast of Alaska.


Visit the expedition page at the Institute for Field Research for details and to sign up.

 

Paleontology of the Lost Coast

An 8-million-year-old desmostylian fossil from an earlier Endeavour expedition to the Lost Coast.


· August 26 – 30 online. September 2-13 onboard

· Instructor: Dr. Paul Murphey

· Credits 6 semester (12 quarter)


Join this exciting expedition to explore the geology and paleontology of the Lost Coast of Alaska, from Prince William Sound to Glacier Bay. The program starts with one week of online coursework to give you a foundation in geology and geologic time, as well as learning about Alaska’s climate and habitats over the millennia. We will then explore Alaska’s Lost Coast aboard the research vessel Endeavour, where you’ll spend the next two weeks identifying and prospecting areas suitable for fossil preservation and future research. You will learn how to identify likely fossil locations using maps, previous data and geological clues, as well as techniques for collecting, preserving and documenting fossils. The documentation we produce will contribute to future research into the paleontology of the area.

We will study and live aboard the ship, giving us access to some remote locations and extraordinary opportunities for exploration. Note: This program is limited to six students.


· Examine fossils and geologic clues to understand ancient life forms

· Earn six college semester credits on successful completion of the program

· Discover and document the fossil record of Alaska’s Lost Coast


Visit the expedition page at the Institute for Field Research for details and to sign up.

 

Please pass this email along to interested students!

 

For more on Alaska Endeavour, visit our site, www.AlaskaEndeavour.org.

 

Institute for Field Research

info@ifrglobal.org +1 (877) 839-4374

 


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