Dr. Colberg took us to the Beaver Dam Mountains and the Virgin Mountains to study the Precambrian metamorphic rocks. The boudinage is absolutely incredible!
One of the most interesting research questions in the Virgin Mountains involves the metamorphism that occurred under extremely high pressures and temperatures. Some scientists have suggested these rocks may indicate some of the first subduction-related tectonic events on Earth. The Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and Cenozoic Basin and Range deformation have been studied in much depth, but the Precambrian metamorphic rocks have had quite little attention. There are countless petrology and structural geology projects waiting for undergraduate researchers. The mountains are beautiful, so join us when you can!