Montana Geology

Cenozoic Sequence Stratigraphy of Southwestern Montana

Typical field work day in the Tertiary strata of southwestern Montana.

Much of our research is focused on the Cenozoic geologic history of southwestern Montana. Here is a You Tube link to a recent lecture given by Dr. Debra Hanneman on that topic: Cenozoic Sequence Stratigraphy of Southwestern Montana

Self Guided Montana Geology Tours

Earthmaps is pleased to provide the service of self-guided geology field trips.  The field trip guides are put together by Whitehall Geogroup, Inc., which is to say that the guides are done by two Ph.D. earth scientists, both of whom have several decades experience in field geology. We offer both pre-compiled field trip guides and guides for custom designed field trips.  Our pre-compiled field trip guides are presently for areas in southwestern Montana. Custom designed field trip guides can be provided for other areas of geologic interest. The field trip hike guides are presented as Adobe Acrobat pdfs.


Petrified Forest Hike

 

The Petrified Forest hiking guide is in pdf format.
The Petrified Forest hiking guide is in pdf format.

The Petrified Forest hike is in that part of the Gallatin Petrified Forest that is located in the Tom Miner Basin (approximately 37 miles south of Livingston, Montana).  The field trip winds through a part of the Gallatin National Forest, and is about two miles in length.  Access to the trail head is by county road, and can be reached by passenger car.

The Gallatin Petrified Forest field trip guide is formatted to 12 pages that are standard letter size.  The guide includes 11 photographs of geology viewed during the hike, 2 maps (a topographical map with hiking information and a road map), one line diagram, and text detailing the petrified forest deposits.  Cost for the field trip guide is $5.00 USD for a pdf file email attachment. The file is 1.2 MB in size..

We use PayPal’s secure payment web site to do our payment transactions. To order the Gallatin Petrified Forest Self-Guided Geology Tour click on the PayPal shopping cart icon below. The guide can be emailed to you as soon as we receive the PayPal order.

Gallatin Petrified Forest Guide – pdf format:





 Fairy Lake to Sacagawea Peak (Northern Bridger Range) Hike

The Fairy Lake - Sacajawea hiking guide is in pdf format.
The Fairy Lake – Sacajawea hiking guide is in pdf format.

There are two hikes contained within this guide for the Fairy Lake area, an area which is located in the northern Bridger Range, approximately 22 miles north of Bozeman, Montana.  Both hikes are in the Gallatin National Forest.  One hike, from Fairy Lake to Sacagawea Peak is about 4.4 miles in length.  The other hike, a loop around Fairy Lake, is about 1.2 miles in length.  Access to the trailhead is by a Forest Service road, and can be reached by passenger car after July 1.  The hike from Fairy Lake to Sacagawea Peak takes the hiker through a fairly complete section of Paleozoic rocks.  The loop around Fairy Lake winds through a part of the Mesozoic section of rocks.

The Fairy Lake Field Trip Guide is formatted to 15 pages that are standard letter size.  The guide includes 19 photographs of geology viewed during the hike, 3 maps (2 topographic maps with hiking information and one road map), a geologic time scale, and text detailing the geology along the hike.  Cost for the field trip guide is $5.00 USD for a pdf file email attachment. The file size is 3.5 MBs.

To order the Fairy Lake Field Trip guide click on the PayPal shopping cart icon below. The guide can be emailed to you as soon as we receive the PayPal order.

Fairy Lake – Sacajawea Field Trip Guide:




Gallatin Petrified Forest Guide and the Fairy Lake/Sacagawea Peak Guide CD

ftripphoto_2The Gallatin Petrified Forest and Fairy Lake – Sacagawea Peak Field Trip Guides can also be ordered together on one cd-rom.  This cd will autorun on a PC, and thus will boot up the Adobe Acrobat application on the PC.  The particular self-guided field trip can then be selected from the introduction page shown in Acrobat Reader.  The price for this package is $13.50 USD, and will be mailed using USPS Media Mail.  To order these guides click on the PayPal shopping cart icon below:




 


Custom Designed Field Trips

twobgmThe custom designed field trips may be offered for any area specified by a client. Because the time devoted to a custom field trip is based upon the specific request, contact us at earthmapsmt@gmail.com or whgeol@gmail.com to receive a cost estimate for this field trip option. Please insert “custom designed field trips” as the subject of your email to insure that your email is not accidentally deleted!

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Montana Virtual Field Trip CDs

Southwestern Montana Geology

SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA GEOLOGY IS A VIRTUAL GEOLOGICAL FIELD TRIP THROUGH THE VALLEYS AND MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA.  THE FIELDTRIP IS PRESENTED IN A COMPACT DISC FORMAT AND INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROCK OUTCROPPINGS, STRATIGRAPHIC COLUMNS, MAPS, AND SELECTED REFERENCES FOR THIS AREA’S GEOLOGY.  PRINT-OUTS FROM THE CD INCLUDE: STRATIGRAPHIC COLUMNS FOR THE PRECAMBRIAN/ PALEOZOIC, MESOZOIC, AND CENOZOIC; OUTCROP LOCATIONS, AND SUGGESTED REFERENCES.

swlabel2This field trip presentation is based upon several years of teaching and geologic research in this area, and provides a ready reference – particularly for geology field camp faculty and students.  The “Southwestern Montana Geology” tour can be done either as an auto tour (all the viewer needs to do is start the application and just let the pages turn themselves) or as a self-directed tour using a table of contents to link to various pages on geological formations, stratigraphic columns, maps, references, and geologic summaries.  The automated tour takes approximately 25 minutes.

Recommended Minimum System Requirements: A PC Compatible Pentium II; 450 MHz; Windows 2000, XP or Windows 7; 96 Mb Ram; 114 Mb Free Disk Space; 16 Million Color Graphics Card at 1024 x 768.

This program will auto-install to a PC’s hard drive.  Just follow the instructions as they appear on the screen for the program installation (this should only take a few minutes).  Then, just sit back, relax, and enjoy Montana geology.

CD Cost – $24.50 USD – this includes shipping within the US via USPS Media Mail. For international orders, please contact us at whgeol@gmail.com for ordering and shipping/handling costs. For all email correspondence to Earthmaps, please insert ” Sw MT CD” in the subject area to insure that your email does not get accidentally deleted! 

Payment for the CD-ROM can be made through Paypal’s secure payment web site.  Just click on the shopping cart button below to begin your order:

Southwestern Montana Geology can also be purchased from the American Association of Petroleum Geologist’s Online Bookstore. Just click on the following: MT Geology CD – and you will link to our CD at the AAPG Bookstore! The Southwestern Montana Geology CD is created by Whitehall Geogroup, Inc., Whitehall, Montana 59759

SW Montana Geology CD:



 


WHITEHALL, MONTANA, AREA GEOLOGY VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

whpic2aWhitehall Area Geology is a virtual geological field trip that winds through southern Jefferson County, Montana.  It includes views, brief discussions, and map locations of rocks and sediments that span geologic time.

The CD is created by Whitehall Geogroup, Inc., Whitehall, Montana.

Minimum recommended System Requirements: PC Compatible Pentium II; 450 MHz; Windows 2000, Xp, or Windows 7; 64 Mb Ram;50 Mb Free Disk Space; 16 Million Color Graphics Card at 1024 x 768

This program will auto-run from the cd-rom once it is placed in a PC’s cd player. Then, just sit back, relax, and enjoy Montana geology.

CD Cost – $14.50 US – this includes shipping via USPS Media Mail. Payment for the cd can be made through Paypal’s secure web site.  Just click on the shopping cart button below to begin your transaction:




For all email correspondence to Earthmaps, please insert “Whitehall Geology CD” in the subject area to insure that your email does not get accidentally deleted!