Field Trip to Mallorca
ERTH 4807 Field Geology II
In September 2013, 10 students from our department joined students from the School of Geography, Archeology and Paleoecology at Queen’s University Belfast on a joint field trip to the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean. The course was led by our Professor Tim Patterson and Dr. Helen Roe from Queen's, who is also an Adjunct Professor here.
Mallorca is a sedimentologists' dream.The students learned about the long geologic history of the island, which features some of the best examples of karsting, cave formation and sea level records in the world.They also studied the Miocene reef successions, which attract geologists from around the world seeking to better understand sequence stratigraphy. The students studied the complicated hydrology of the island, an issue of major significance there. Despite some parts of Mallorca receiving over 1100 mm of rain per year – more than Ottawa! – the limestone terrain quickly removes any surface water, resulting in drought conditions for much of the year. With more than 9.5 million tourists visiting the island annually, dealing with this freshwater deficit is a major concern for policy makers and planners.