The purpose of this project is to introduce you to the stratigraphy of the western Powder River Basin and instruct you in the methods of measuring and presenting stratigraphic columns. You will spend three days measuring and describing the stratigraphic units along the eastern flank of the Big Horn Mountains. You will first measure and describe the Archean and Cambrian rocks along US 14 west of Dayton, WY near Steamboat Mountain. Next you will measure and describe Ordovician through Pennsylvanian strata exposed along Crazy Woman Canyon. Lastly, you will measure and describe Permian through Cretaceous units in the Bud Love Big Game Winter Refuge northwest of Buffalo. Base maps of these areas will be provided daily.
Each day you will record this stratigraphic information in your field notebook. Once completed, you will be required to submit three individual stratigraphic columns, one for each day's work, for grading. It would be wise to work on each day’s column that evening. Here are the guidelines for the formal drafts of the columns: