Geology of the Grand Canyon — River Trip
2–9 June 2007 (7 days, 6 nights on the river) TRIP FULL
Type of Trip: Geology
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Trip Leader: Wayne Ranney
Minimum Number of Participants: 13
Maximum Number: 13
Trip Cost: $2,410
Deposit Deadline: $300 February 20
Join us for this incredible opportunity to float the grandest canyon in the world with expert Grand Canyon geologist, Wayne Ranney. This 280 mile trip will travel the entire length of the Grand Canyon and run all of the infamous canyon rapids. We will stop for short side-canyon hikes and camp under the stars as Wayne explains the science behind the beauty. You will learn about the rich and varied ideas concerning the Grand Canyon's origin, both depositional and erosional. Traveling by boat allows you to sequentially view the named rock formations up close and personal.
Scientific Program & Itinerary
The trip will highlight the formation of Grand Canyon's major rock groups - the tectonic development of the Middle Proterozoic Vishnu Group, the deposition of the Late Proterozoic Grand Canyon Supergroup, and the Paleozoic rocks in Grand Canyon. The trip will also focus on the Laramide to Quaternary development of the Grand Canyon landscape, with an emphasis on the enigmatic timing of Colorado Plateau uplift, the Laramide age peneplane, and the various modes that may have given rise to the Grand Canyon - headward erosion, and stream capture vs. catastrophic spillover of ancient lakes, etc. The science presented will be geared for students and professionals with some geologic training but perhaps are new to the science of Grand Canyon's mysterious origins and setting. Click here for additional details & itinerary.
Who Should Attend?
Professional or amateur geologists. Basic geology coursework required.
Your Scientific Trip Leader
Wayne has extensive experience in interpreting complex scientific ideas into understandable verbal and written formats for non-scientists. He has published books and articles on the landscape development and geology of the American Southwest including, Sedona Through Time: Geology of the Red Rocks, and Carving Grand Canyon. Wayne is currently a professor of Geology at Yavapai College, Sedona. He delivers lectures & courses on: Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Geology of Northern Arizona, Geology of the Grand Canyon, Geology of the Verde Valley, Geology of Zion and Bryce, Geology of Canyonlands, Geology of Organ Pipe, and Evolution of the Basin and Range. Wayne is also an outdoor educator for the Museum of Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon Field Institute, and Elderhostel.
Tour Fee, Deposit & Payment
REGISTRATION CLOSED, TRIP FULL
Cost: $2410 for GSA Member & Spouse; Non-member price: $2510; Not a GSA member? Join today! A $300 deposit is due by Tues 20 Feb 2007. The remaining full balance is due by Thur 1 March 2007.
Please Note: for this specific Grand Canyon trip, the regular GSA refund policy does not apply. The river company, Canyoneers, has set the cancellation & refund policy below. Please do not purchase flight tickets until GSA confirms the tour will run.
Included in Tour Package & Registration Fee:
- First night hotel stay in Flagstaff (June 2)
- Transportation to/from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon
- All meals on the river
- Dry bags for clothing
- Guidebook / Field Notes
Not Included in Tour Package:
- Airfare to/from Flagstaff, AZ
- Dinner first night (June 2)
Questions about river trip logistics?
Canyoneers river outfitter 1-800-525-0924
Questions about the science?
Please contact: Wayne Ranney [
Please contact Canyoneers river outfitter for any special needs that you may require. GSA is committed to making this program accessible to all people interested in attending.
Canyoneers, Inc. is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.
Canyoneers Cancellation / Refund Policy
Your reservation deposit, and any additional payments, will be refunded to you if GSA receives your written cancellation notice on or before Thur, March 1, 2007. If you cancel, and GSA receives your written cancellation notice on Fri, March 2, Canyoneers will retain your full fare, including reservation deposit. If, however, you have to cancel because of a death, an injury, illness, or disease, an insurance company may reimburse the payments you've made to you if you've purchased Trip Cancellation Insurance. GSA will send the insurance information/application form (available to US & Canadian residents only) when we receive your reservation form & deposit.
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