Himalayas 2009

The 27 student, faculty, and alumni participants in the 2009 W.K. Hamblin Global Geology Field Trip (August 15 to September 2) traveled to India to study neotectonics. The objective of the trip was to investigate fundamental processes of collisional mountain-building in one of the most active and spectacular zones of continental convergence in the world. In learning about continent accretion, students discovered the integrated nature of mantle and lithospheric processes, crustal evolution, deformation, and the effect of these upon climate and denudation. The field trip focused upon two regions in the northern part of India, which is one of the only places where a nearly complete transect of Earth’s largest active mountain system is possible. Students participated in a semester-long course before the trip and made presentations on various topics along the way.  In addition to the spectacular geology, student participants learned of the cultures and peoples indigenous to the regions visited. Participating students were taught in the field by Drs. Ron Harris, Jani Radebaugh, and Mike Dorais (BYU), but also learned from Indian geologists who were experts in various aspects of Himalayan geology.