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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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How to take good field notes

How to take good field notes


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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