Gardiner Basin to Paradise Valley Geology Field Trip
Day Trip, Geology, Natural History
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Step into a geologic time machine and learn the multi-faceted story of the dramatic landscape of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but mostly outside the northern border. On roadside stops and short hikes between Gardiner and Emigrant, Montana, you’ll see the hieroglyphs written in the rocks. You’ll see evidence of ancient floods, petrified forests, glaciers, coal mines, travertine and basalt quarries and more.
You’ll travel through geologic time, pondering the powerful convective and tectonic forces that pulse through our living, breathing planet and bring constant change over geologic time. Along the way, you’ll begin to piece together the big stories - geological, archeological and historical - that add dimension and richness to Yellowstone.
About the instructor
John Gillespie has been fascinated by the geology of Yellowstone since his first visit in 1972. After completing studies at the University of Delaware, John worked as a field geologist, eventually founding and running two geologic consulting firms. He now applies his 40-year career in natural resources to Yellowstone. He is a certified interpretive guide, believes in life-long learning and regularly explores Yellowstone Country geology from his home just north of the park in Paradise Valley.
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