On-The-Rocks Field Trip – September 2001

Trip Title: Bouncing Boulders, Rising Rivers and Sneaky Soils: A Primer to Geologic Hazards Along Colorado’s Front Range

Trip Leaders: David C. Noe, James M. Soule, and Karen A. Berry, Colorado Geological Survey

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2001

Announced in: The Outcrop, August 2001, p. 13

The Front Range Urban Corridor between Boulder and Golden contains an astonishing array of geologic hazards that affect the safety and economic well being of its inhabitants. This field trip will examine the effects of geologic hazards and the role of Engineering Geology as applied to past, current and future land-use issues in Colorado. We will view and examine outstanding examples of coal-mine subsidence, underground mine fires, groundwater supply, quarries and reclamation issues, railroad geology, flooding and flood control, faults and earthquakes, landslides, rockfall, expansive soil and bedrock, and multiple-sequential land use.

The field trip begins at the Cold Springs RTD Park-n-Ride, at the southeast corner of 6th Ave. and Simms St. Please check in at 8:00 a.m. to receive trip materials and form carpools. The trip departs promptly at 8:30 a.m. Each participant is responsible for their own food and drink, as well as dressing appropriately for September weather and field conditions (bring layered clothing, hats, gloves and sunscreen). Plan to return to the Cold Springs Park-n-Ride by 2:00 p.m. Please contact Jeff May for reservations and information at 303-794-5414. The field trip is limited to 30 participants.