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A critical factor required to unravel processes that have shaped other planets is a solid understanding of geologic processes as they operate on Earth, and a logical way to understand those processes is to go into the field and view them. We provide a field guide to three locations: (1) Cima volcanic field, south of Baker, California; (2) Rainbow Basin, north of Barstow, California; and (3) Red Rock Canyon and vicinity in Nevada and California, all within the Mojave Desert of the southwestern United States. These locations highlight three processes that have affected Earth and other planets: volcanism, sedimentation, and...

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