Field Trip

Field Trip

Note that Geology & Hydrology of Flagstaff’s Reclaimed Water has been cancelled.

Geology & Hydrology of Oak Creek Watershed

We’re excited to be offering a fun, educational field trip on September 9, 2017.Leaders: Paul Lindberg and Abe Springer | Time: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $75 | Limit: 30 persons

What’s provided: Lunch, water, and transportation — the trip departs from / returns to HCCC
What you need to bring: Cash for wine tasting, hat, sunscreen, walking shoes, and a camera

We’ll travel across the Colorado Plateau and descend into Oak Creek Canyon along the western margin of the young Oak Creek–Mormon Lake graben. Oak Creek starts as an artesian spring below the canyon rim, flows south as a perennial stream, and turns west through the Sedona area before eventually joining the Verde River in the Verde Valley downstream. Unseen groundwater from Plateau recharge passes beneath the greater Sedona region, where as many as eight known sinkholes exist from the collapse of subsurface Mississippian Redwall Limestone, dissolved by groundwater. We’ll visit the Devils Kitchen sinkhole. After visiting Page Springs Fish Hatchery, where the groundwater exits as artesian flow and supports an endemic spring snail, we finish with wine tasting at nearby wineries.

Trip Leaders

Paul Lindberg has a degree in geological engineering from the University of Minnesota. During a career that has spanned over 60 years, he worked as a project geologist, a mineral exploration manager, and consulting geologist for a variety of mining / mineral exploration companies, engineering consultants, and agencies. He also spent nearly 20 years studying the volcanogenic ore deposits in Jerome, Arizona. Over the past several years, in addition to occasional consulting jobs, he has devoted time to studying the Oak Creek and Verde River watersheds and Sedona sinkhole development. Paul is currently working on a book that will present an in-depth treatise on the geology of Arizona’s red rock country for the layperson.

Dr. Abe Springer, professor of hydrogeology, was the inaugural director of the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability at NAU. He received his B.A. in geology from the College of Wooster and his M.S. and Ph.D. in hydrogeology from The Ohio State University. Since arriving at NAU in 1994, he has taught courses in hydrogeology, Arizona geology, environmental and applied geology, groundwater and contaminant transport modeling, and more. He and his students study groundwater flow systems and the human impacts to these systems.