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How to take good field notes. Preliminaries. Begin each day with: The date The project Where you’re working Other important info: Health concerns, weather, snakes, bees, ect.---All of these might affect your judgment or observations. Field stations.

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preliminaries
Preliminaries

Begin each day with:

  • The date
  • The project
  • Where you’re working
  • Other important info: Health concerns, weather, snakes, bees, ect.---All of these might affect your judgment or observations
field stations
Field stations

Each note-taking spot = new field station

  • Number stations
  • Start numbering over for each new project
  • Continue numbering for multi-day projects
field stations1
Field stations

At each field station record the following:

  • Rock type(s)/rock unit(s)
  • Style and quality of exposure
  • Description(s) of rocks
  • Description(s) of geologic structures & cross-cutting relationships
  • Strike & dip and trend & plunge of structures
rock descriptions
Rock descriptions
  • Important things to include
    • Rock type (schist, arkose, gabbro, etc.)
    • Color on fresh and weathered faces
    • Grain size(s)
    • Major minerals
    • Descriptions of foliations, lineations, folds, joints, veins, etc.
    • Other distinguishing or important features
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