Crew members: Commander Karen Rucker, Geologist Jonathan Beechner, and Chemist Victoria LaBarre
12 N 518172 4250624 (sand dunes)
12 N 518832 4251144 (mass wasting)
12 N 518911 4251602 (desert pavement)
12 N 518535 4253343 (hoodoo)
12 N 518158 4253775 (creek bed)
12 N 517738 4254864 (gypsum fields)
ATV: 1 – 2 – 3
Time: 09:30 am depart – 12:00 pm return
Purpose: Orientation EVA. Teach students about sample collecting, navigation, and communication. Also identify major landmarks to get bearings and provide some geological background about the area.
We started the EVA a little early since we were up and ready to go. We went to locations to specifically look at ancient sand dunes, mass wasting, desert pavement, a hoodoo, an active creek bed, and gypsum fields. We were able to see some fossilized bivalves in the creek bed, and were delighted at the numerous amounts of gypsum at the gypsum fields.