Rogue Community College

Regional Field Geology (GS170-OC)

Summer 2019

Geology and Geomorphology of
the southern Oregon coast



Hey, let's go to the beach! Join us, and take a detailed look at the processes which are working together in the formation and continued evolution of the southern Oregon coast. The course features a 3 day trip to the area for hands-on, real world observations.

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Course: Geology and geomorphology of the southern Oregon coast (GS170-OC)

Credits: 4 Transfer Credits

Dates: July 12, 2019 (mandatory orientation); July 19 - 21 (field experience); and August 16, 2019 (projects)

Orientation (mandatory): July 12, 2019 from 8:00 am to approx. 5:00 pm in room E-6 (Redwood campus)

Instructor: Mike Strickler

Enrollment: Twenty (20) students maximum

Description: GS170-OC will take a detailed look at the southern Oregon coast. The course includes a 3 day trip to the area for a detailed and hands-on examination of the region.

Objectives: The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with the unique geology and landforms of the Oregon coast. Information on plate tectonics, oceanography, petrology, hydrology, and stream processes will be supplied at orientation, as well as during the trip itself.

Length: 5 days, consisting of 1 day of orientation, 3 days along the southern Oregon coast, and a follow-up class (TBA). Orientation will be held in room E-6 (RWC) on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 8:00 am until approx. 5:00 pm. We will meet in Crescent City, California (next to the giant tetrapod) on Friday morning, July 19 at 9:00 am to begin the field portion of the course.

Travel: By personal vehicle — carpooling is encouraged. Drivers will need to provide proof of insurance at orientation.

Logistics: We will meet in Crescent City on the morning of Friday, July 19, 2019 at 9:00 am. Students will drive their own vehicles; however, carpooling is encouraged and recommended. The class will meet daily from 8:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm. Students will be responsible for their own food and lodging. The field portion of the course will end on Sunday afternoon (July 21). A follow-up session on Friday, August 16 is planned to share and/or turn in projects.

Click here for a listing of State Parks in Oregon (inc. campgrounds)

Many other public and private campgrounds exist and can be located online. Below is a partial listing. Several are state parks and accept reservations:

Up the Chetco (immediately south of Brookings):

Alfred Loeb State Park (1-800-452-5687): 53 sites

Little Redwood: 12 sites

South Fork: 5 sites


Harris Beach State Park (1-800-452-5687)

RV park at the south jetty (next to the Beachfront Inn)

Up the Rogue:

Lobster Creek: 7 sites

Quosatana: 43 sites

Humbug Mountain:

Humbug Mtn. State Park (1-800-452-5687): 40 sites

Cape Blanco:

Cape Blanco State Park: 50 sites


Bullards Beach State Park (1-800-452-5687): ≈100 full-hookup sites, 13 yurts

Driftwood Shores RV Park: RVs (and possibly tent sites)

Near Sunset Bay:

Sunset Bay State Park (1-800-452-5687)

Seaport RV Park: RVs (and possibly tent sites)

Charleston RV Park: RV and tent sites

Prerequisites: None; however, several of the day hikes may be moderately challenging (especially the trail to Rainbow Rock - short, but steep). It is recommended that the student be in relatively good shape if he or she wishes to join in these experiences.

Please note: the ability to complete the hikes is not mandatory to earn a passing grade, but they are strongly recommended if the student wants to gain the full benefit of the course.

Required Text: None

Materials: Various handouts, and topographic and geologic maps of the region. The student is encouraged to research on-line for supplemental information prior to orientation.

Fees: A fee of $25 per student will be required (collected at registration), as will additional money for gas, food, and campsites (or other lodging) during the field portion of the course.


Tentative Itinerary...

Friday 7/12: Orientation, 8:00 am to approximately 5:00 pm (bring your lunch)

Friday 7/19: Meet in Crescent City, California, at 9:00 am

The giant tetrapod (corner of Front and "N", across from Pizza King): Tsunami

Beachfront: sedimentary rocks; faults and folds

Harris Beach: an active continental margin; accreted terrains

Harris South Beach: accreted terrains; mafic seafloor crust; veins and dikes

Night 1: Camp at (or near) Harris Beach State Park

Saturday 7/20: Wander north

Lone Ranch beach: conglomerates

Myers Beach

Port Orford

Cape Blanco lighthouse

Bandon jetty (north): inside a subduction zone

Night 2: Camp at (or near) Sunset Bay

Sunday 7/21

Sunset Bay: sedimentary processes; concretions

Cape Arago: an active continental margin!

Shore Acres: botanical gardens; shoreline processes

Basalt quarry along Hwy. 42: seafloor volcanism

Trip ends at approximately 3:30 pm


Friday 8/16: Meet in E-6 (RWC) to share and turn in projects


Click here to download the maps



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