Aerial view of a fault line in Turkey

Field trips

About field trips during Fall Meeting

Fall Meeting 2019 includes a number of field trips in and around San Francisco, Calif. that will explore the local geology, ecological systems, and scientific institutions.

This year’s field trips touch on an array of scientific disciplines with visits to Black Diamond mine in the Mount Diablo Coalfield, a tour of the Sally Ride, trips celebrating the launch of Streetcar to Subduction 2 - a Google Earth-based field trip guide, Chapot Space & Science Center, and earthquake walking tour at the Hayward Fault and a number of guided tours of Angel Island, Aquarium of the Bay.

Field trip tickets can be purchased during registration through 27 November. No tickets will be sold onsite.

Angel Island viewed from a ferry
View of Angel Island from a ferry
Credit: Rhododendrites, CC BY-SA 4.0

How to register for field trips

Steps
  1. Login to register (Field trip tickets can be purchased through 27 November).
  2. Click View/Modify my registration from the landing page.
  3. In the registration cart select Add/Modify Workshop, Networking, and Social events.
  4. Scroll to the Section titled Field Trips to select your field trip options. When you are finished making your selections press the “Continue” button.
  5. In the registration cart click the Save and Pay Now button to complete the purchase of your field trips. You will receive a new confirmation with your Field Trips included after your payment is complete.

For non-U.S. attendees, you will be able to return to registration to register for field trips.

For those in the U.S. who have already registered, you will need to contact our team via email or phone: 866-470-7778 or 703-449-6418 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. After purchasing by phone, you will need to visit the registration area to update your badge.

 

Cancellations

Field trip registration cancellation received by 7 November will receive a complete refund. Cancellations received between 8 and 15 November 2019 will have a 10 percent processing fee deducted from their refund. No refunds will be issued for cancelled field trip registrations after 15 November 2019.

Available field trips

Learn more about our available field trips at Fall Meeting 2019 and follow the steps above to register. 

Guided Tour of the R/V Sally Ride

Monday, 9 December
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 11 December
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
$32
Take a guided tour of a modern research vessel, R/V Sally Ride, that is part of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet and designed with state-of-the art instrumentation to perform multidisciplinary oceanographic research worldwide. Visit, in small groups, different parts of the 238 ft-long ship from its highly equipped bridge, to its scientific laboratories and main deck with advanced support equipment including main crane, overboard handling systems and winches. Hear from sea-going scientists about new projects, how the vessel serves their research, and what life is like at sea. Each tour will take an hour and full participation will require the ability to climb stairs between decks.

Geology and Mining History of the Mount Diablo Coalfield

Developed in Cooperation with SEPM
Monday, 9 December
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$125

In addition to discussing the mining history, the main objective of the field trip is to show the application of sequence stratigraphy in reinterpreting the middle Eocene succession. Detailed characterization of the Domengine Sandstone exposed in the adits of the mine indicates that it was deposited in incised valleys during relative lowstands of sea level. Originally it was interpreted as a series of stacked barrier beach and delta deposits. The importance of this reinterpretation within a sequence stratigraphic framework is that it provides a predictable model for understanding thickness trends and facies distributions for the Domengine Sandstone which is an important petroleum reservoir in the subsurface. Such studies have application to other reservoir and aquifer systems.
Hard hats and flashlights will be provided for the underground walk. Walking shoes and warm clothing is necessary because of the cool temperatures underground. The mine tour takes place through large level tunnels although to complete the underground loop it will be necessary to descend some stairs. Weather is not a factor.

Registration fee includes snacks and lunch.

Conveners
  • Raymond Sullivan, Department of Earth and Climate Science, San Francisco State University
  • Morgan D. Sullivan, Chevron Energy Technology Company
  • Patrick Dedmon, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve


Angel Island

Monday, 9 December
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 December
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12 December
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
$165
Angel Island was formed about 2 to 3 million years ago when geologic forces started to push up the surrounding mountains and hills. Sediments were deposited by glacial runoff from the Sierras, which formed sandstone. Angel Island has numerous types of metamorphic rock that were altered by extreme high pressure in the subduction zone where the Earth's plates collide and at spreading centers where the plates were pulled apart. Tour will include an hour and a half hike on the Island with moderate to steep hills.
Registration fee includes ferry ticket, snack and lunch.

Earthquake Walking Tour

Tuesday, 10 December
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11 December
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, 12 December
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$50
Two-hour long walking tour with seismologist at the Hayward Fault on the UC Berkeley campus.
Registration fee includes a snack.

 

Aquarium of the Bay Pier 39

Wednesday, 11 December
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$60
Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay. Bay.org DBA Bay Ecotarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to enable conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the SeaTM.

Chabot Space & Science Center

Wednesday, 11 December 
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, 12 December
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
$105

Chabot Space & Science Center is a non-profit institution and community resource located on 13 trail-laced acres in Redwood Regional Park in Oakland amid the largest stand of coastal redwoods in the East Bay. Chabot's mission is to inspire and educate learners of all ages about the Universe and Planet Earth. Chabot features a 241-seat full dome planetarium, interactive and hands-on exhibits, space artifacts, a giant screen theater, a Challenger Learning Center, and the only research-level telescopes regularly available to the public for weekly live viewing in the Western United States.
Registration fee includes a snack and lunch.

SOLD OUT: Streetcar2Subduction: Highlights of the Franciscan Complex

Sunday, 8 December
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$125

Field Trip Leaders:
John Wakabayashi, Fresno State
Christie Rowe, McGill University
Jamie Kirkpatrick, McGill University

Ancient subduction complexes are our archive preserving the geologic record of earthquakes, tremor, slow slip, fluid and sediment cycling into the mantle, and geodynamics of convergent plate boundaries involving oceanic crust. The Franciscan Complex was a key location where fundamental principles of subduction were revealed in the mid-20th Century and remains an important archetype (“California-type” long-lived subduction zone with a large wedge/forearc basin complex”). Many of the Franciscan’s mysteries have yet to be explained or even explored. Join three passionate subduction geologists to visit and argue over two legendary field sites: Ring Mountain – a serpentinite-matrix mélange of controversial origins contains blocks of blueschist, eclogite, amphibolite and greenschist the size of houses; and Marin Headlands – a classical example of imbricated underplated sea floor stratigraphy (greenstone-chert-greywacke) with complicated structures and evidence of Cretaceous earthquakes. This trip will celebrate the launch of Streetcar2Subduction – a Google Earth based field trip guide to these and other sights, inspired by Clyde Wahrhaftig's classic 1984 field trip guide highlighting ancient and active tectonics of the San Francisco Bay Area. Please note that COLLECTING ROCKS WITHOUT A PERMIT IS PROHIBITED at all the sites we will visit.

Accessibility:
  • This field trip is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Ring Mountain involves ~ 2.5 km walk on gravel roads and dirt trails (uneven terrane) going up and down between about 135-175 m elevation. If we are forced to Plan B (Shepherd of the Hills entrance to the open space area) the hiking increases to 3.7 km and elevation range is now 55-175 m above sea level.
  • Marin Headlands involves roadside stops, walking on unpaved road shoulder, sometimes near a steep cliff, approximately 1.5 km with 140 m elevation gain. Additional beach stops require 1 km walk over loose gravel and sand (flat).

Registration fee includes snacks and lunch.

SOLD OUT: Streetcar2Subduction: Active Tectonics of the Northern San Andreas and Hayward Faults

Sunday, 8 December
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$125

Field Trip Leaders:
Kim Blisniuk, San José State University
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

This field trip provides an opportunity to examine how strike slip faults at depth are expressed on the surface of earth through coseismic and aseismic deformation. On this field trip we will visit two faults of the San Andreas Fault System, the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Sections of the San Andreas Fault and the Hayward Fault, respectively. We will examine surface evidence of these faults, the landforms they have produced, and discuss ways to evaluate the ongoing earthquake hazard on them. Structures and landforms visited on this trip include linear valleys, offset streams, fault scarps, how left and right bends along a right lateral strike slip fault modifies the landscape in real time, forming hills, depressions and offsets in the landscape and on manmade structures and more. Northern San Andreas Fault – Overview of landforms produced by co-seismic activity on the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountains sections of the San Andreas Fault along Highway 280 and at Sanborn County Park, respectively. Hayward Fault – Overview of landforms produced by aseismic activity on the Hayward fault in Fremont’s Central Park in the East Bay. This trip will celebrate the launch of Streetcar2Subduction – a Google Earth based field trip guide to these and other sights, inspired by Clyde Wahrhaftig’s classic 1984 field trip guide highlighting ancient and active tectonics of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Accessibility:
  • This field trip is partially wheelchair accessible.
  • The Fremont stop includes an ~ 1.5 km walk on paved asphalt and grass and can be made to accommodate wheels chairs. Other stops are wheelchairs accessible. At Sanborn, much of the walk is on nicely kept trails and the terrane is relatively flat. There is little to no elevation gain at all sites.

Registration fee includes snacks and lunch.