Geomorphology Field Research Project: Mountain Front Faulting & Alluvial Fans San Gabriel Mountain Foothills, Southern, California Dr. Jeff Marshall - GSC 323 Geological Sciences Department Cal Poly Pomona University
2008 Cutting Edge Workshop: Teaching Geomorphology in the 21st Century Abbreviated Version for the Web Project Overview Capstone project for required upper division
Geomorphology course (GSC 323) Students work in teams to investigate a local landscape system:
Mountain front alluvial fans & terraces of the San Gabriel Mountains Project Overview Integrates learning in:
fluvial geomorphology Quaternary stratigraphy
soils & weathering tectonic geomorphology
climate change landscape evolution San Gabriel Mountains
Project Goals The students will integrate and apply their geomorphology course learning through independent research
Project Goals The students will develop skills in:
teamwork project design
literature review fieldwork
data analysis interpretation
report writing oral presentation Project Goals The students will
learn to think like a Geomorphologist ! Project Study Area: San Gabriel Mtn. Foothills
Fault Map of Study Area: From a student report Aerial Photo of Study Area: Taken by students in the class Suburban sprawl along mountain front thrust faults
Sierra Madre fault scarp Mt. Baldy & San Antonio Creek Watershed An Iconic Southern California Landscape
Red Hill Rancho Cucamonga Classic field site for Alluvial Fan & Fault Studies Eckis, R., 1928 Alluvial fans of the Cucamonga
district, southern California: Journal of Geology, v. 36, p. 224-247 Eckis, R., 1928 Alluvial fans of the Cucamonga district, southern California: Journal of Geology, v. 36, p. 224-247
Other Resources: Shelton, J.S., 1955 Glendora volcanic rocks, Los Angeles basin, California: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 66, p. 45-90 Baird, A., 1956 Geology of a portion of San Antonio Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains, California:
M.S. Thesis, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 91 p Calif. Div. of Mines & Geology, 1998 Seismic Hazard Zone Report for the Glendora 7.5 Quadrangle, Los Angeles County, California Morton, D.M. & Matti, J.C., 2001 Geologic Map of the Cucamonga Peak 7.5
Quadrangle, San Bernardino County, California: USGS OFR 01-311 Thomas Dibblee Foundation, 2003 Geologic Maps of the Glendora & Mount Baldy 7.5 Quadrangles Nourse, J.A., 2007 Digital Geologic Map of the Eastern San Gabriel Mountains
Project Logistics Research teams of 3 to 4 students
Each team assigned a discrete field area Two project lab sessions:
Week 2: Intro Field Trip Week 8: Follow-up Trip Teams work outside of
class time to complete field and office work Other activities & field trips on related topics
Field Techniques & Skills A few examples Final Report Professional Format: 5 Pages of Text, plus
Illustrations & Reference List Introduction, Methods, Field Observations, Data & Results, Discussion, Conclusions
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