ERTH 4807/5903 Advanced Field Geology (Central Alps)

Do you like hard rocks and hiking in stunning mountains? If so, then our Advanced Field Geology trip to the Central European Alps may be something for you! It will take place from August 24 to September 4, 2024 and will focus on the spectacular geology of central and eastern Switzerland, and N-Italy. We will be visiting world-famous geological locations such as the Glarus thrust (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Gotthard Base Tunnel (largest and deepest tunnel worldwide), and the Campolungo area known for its outstanding mineral occurrences (ruby in dolomitic marble!) and spectacular recumbent folds.

There will be plenty of opportunities to practice and improve your mapping skills at large (3-days-long mapping exercise in high Alpine terrain near Rodi, Ticino) and small scale (e.g., beautiful banded gneisses, migmatites and pegmatites near Lavertezzo; serpentinites and peridotites in Valmalenco, …), to learn more about the fascinating history of Switzerland (we will visit famous Rütli - the place of the legendary oath of the Old Swiss Confederacy), and to enjoy the outstanding beauty of the Swiss Alps.

If you are interested to participate in this course, or have any questions about it, please get in touch with Professor Fred Gaidies ASAP!

Students from other institutions are also welcome in this course. Sign up now!

Preliminary Field Guide

Campolungo Pass, Switzerland
Campolungo Pass, Switzerland


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