Earth Science Field Experience

The Dickinson College Earth Sciences Department offers students a wealth of excellent opportunities to study science in the field, both domestically and abroad. The Earth Sciences Department prides itself on being the 'global' science at Dickinson College and encourages students to observe geologic processes where they are occurring. Field opportunities range from trips over a few days to semester-long immersion experiences. Click on a link below to see examples of where different programs travel to, or click on an area of the map for a description of the Earth Sciences Department's activities at that location.

Summer 2013 Baffin island ERSC department field trip

Thanks to the generosity of John (GEOL ’78) and Susan Pohl (’80), Prof. Marcus Key, Liz Plascencia (ERSC ’16), Melanie Campbell (ERSC ’15), Leslie Milliman (ERSC ’14), and Aleks Perpalaj (ERSC ’14) were able to participate in an 11 day trip to Baffin Island to experience the geologic wonders of the Canadian high Arctic.  In early August, we set up two base camps by boat from Pond Inlet on Baffin Island at 73 degrees North latitude.  The first was on Bylot Island where we did day hikes to Cretaceous sandstone outcrops (DSCN2094) and the Sirmilik glacier (DSCN2026).  The second was on Curry Island where we sea kayaked in a fjord carved into Precambrian metamorphics (DSCN2332) with narwhals.  There were many firsts for us: first 24 hour daylight, first fresh polar bear tracks (DSCN1979), first narwhals (DSCN2421 cropped), first time sea kayaking in a fjord (DSCN2407), and first time sea kayaking around an iceberg (DSCN2220).

View photos of the trip here.