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The "Holey Tour" planetary geology field trip, Arizona

Ronald Greeley
The "Holey Tour" planetary geology field trip, Arizona (in Analogs for planetary exploration, W. Brent Garry (editor) and Jacob E. Bleacher (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (2011) 483: 377-391


Arizona has a wide variety of geological features relevant to planetary geology. The "Holey Tour" is a 2 d field trip (Phoenix-Flagstaff-Phoenix) that introduces participants to crater forms (hence the "holes" of the tour), including a maar, karst sinkhole, pit crater, cinder-cone craters, a volcano-tectonic depression, and the classic impact structure Meteor Crater. The Apollo astronaut field training site near Flagstaff is examined, which includes a terrain that was artificially generated to simulate a cratered lunar surface. In addition, planetary volcanism is discussed with stops that include a shield volcano, composite cone, silicic dome, and cinder cones; considerations include key variables in volcanic morphology, such as lava composition and rates of effusion. The general geology of Arizona is discussed throughout the trip and includes parts of the Colorado Plateau, the Basin and Range Province, and the Central Highlands (also called the "transition" zone). The trip can be adapted to meet the needs of any group, from secondary school students to established planetary scientists.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 483
Title: The "Holey Tour" planetary geology field trip, Arizona
Title: Analogs for planetary exploration
Author(s): Greeley, Ronald
Author(s): Garry, W. Brenteditor
Author(s): Bleacher, Jacob E.editor
Affiliation: Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Tempe, AZ, United States
Affiliation: Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ, United States
Pages: 377-391
Published: 2011
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 17
Accession Number: 2012-041772
Categories: Areal geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, geol. sketch maps
N34°10'00" - N35°34'60", W112°00'00" - W110°30'00"
Secondary Affiliation: NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201222
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