Ely Correspondence – September 2016


Great Basin College Fall Field Trips

Two field trips are being offered by the Great Basin College during the Fall Semester.  These are introductory classes with no prerequisites.

Great Basin Ecology (Biol 299) on September 9-11 will examine rangeland plant communities, soil types, landforms, water, and wildlife of the Great Basin.  Discussions will focus on soil/plant/climate correlations and hydrology.  Water quality measurements will be taken at various sites.  Classroom meeting is Friday at the Ely Great Basin Campus, Room 116, from 6-9 pm.  Travel on Saturday to Spring Valley and Mount Moriah and Sunday to Railroad Valley.

Mount Moriah
                                                                                                  Mount Moriah

The White Pine Mining District (Hamilton) (Geol 299) on September 23-25 will examine historic mines and ghost towns of the district.  Mineral deposits, rock formations and the geologic history and development will be discussed.  Classroom meeting is Friday at the Ely Great Basin Campus, Room 116, from 6-9 pm.  Saturday and Sunday travel will visit the historic ghost towns of Hamilton, Treasure City, Eberhardt, Shermantown, the Hidden Treasure Mine, Belmont Mill, Mount Hamilton Mine, and Monte Cristo.

Participants must be registered and complete required Team Travel and Class Waiver forms one week prior to class.  Each field trip is one credit and costs $117.  Travel is at student’s expense.  All maps, charts, and discussions will be provided.  Attendees must provide their own reliable transportation-preferably with four wheel drive.  Camera, binoculars, hand lens and other outdoor gear are recommended.

For more information or field trip details call Veronica Nelson, Ely Center Director at 775 289-3589 or course instructor John Breitrick at 775 238-0508.

— Lorraine Clark