A field trip is planned on day two of the workshop, with multiple stops to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Attendees will meet at the Adams State University, McDaniel Hall, Room 101, on May 18 at 8:00 a.m. MDT.
The final destination will offer the opportunity to evaluate playas and lunettes at Blanca Wetlands. Since the white plains on Mars may be evaporite minerals, the purpose is to evaluate evaporite minerals that are actively forming.
Participants should bring field gear, including a small backpack (day pack), personal first aid kit, a sun hat, sunscreen/lip balm, canteen or CamelBak bladder, bandanas (2), gloves (if desired), and appropriate shoes (some sites may be muddy). The first Dunes field stop includes a 3-mile hike that involves wading through a shallow creek.
The trip is expected to last approximately 9.5 hours, including about 4 hours of travel (roundtrip). A box lunch with bottled water will be provided to each pre-registered participant.
Note: Attendees who go on the field trip must sign the waiver of liability form and turn it in on the morning of the field trip.
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