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The Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA): Maintaining a leadership role in field-course education for 79 years

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Virginia B. Sisson
Virginia B. Sisson
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204, USA
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Marv Kauffman
Marv Kauffman
Department of Earth and Environment, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604-3003, USA
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Yvette Bordeaux
Yvette Bordeaux
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6316, USA
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Robert C. Thomas
Robert C. Thomas
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Montana Western, Dillon, Montana 59725, USA
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Robert Giegengack
Robert Giegengack
Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6316, USA
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Published:
December 01, 2009

The Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) is a nonprofit research and teaching organization chartered in the state of Montana in 1936. YBRA maintains a field station south of Red Lodge, Montana, at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains at the NW corner of the Bighorn Basin. The YBRA Field Station has been host to a wide variety of primarily geological field courses and research exercises, including a YBRA-sponsored Summer Course in Geologic Field Methods, offered initially by Princeton University and subsequently by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Houston. Enrollments in that course vary from year to year, an experience shared by other field-course programs. The YBRA field station does not depend exclusively on field-course enrollment; by diversifying its client base, YBRA has been able to operate effectively through high-amplitude variations in enrollment in traditional courses in field geology.

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GSA Special Papers

Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches

Steven J. Whitmeyer
Steven J. Whitmeyer
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University, USA
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David W. Mogk
David W. Mogk
Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University, USA
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Eric J. Pyle
Eric J. Pyle
Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
461
ISBN print:
9780813724614
Publication date:
December 01, 2009

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