Course Instructors: Professor Bruce Fouke (Illinois),
Professor Patricia Heiser (Alaska), and Professor LeeAnn Munk
Illinois Call Numbers: 08373 (315 Field Geology) and 08374 (415 Advanced Field Geology)
Link to Curacao Library Data Base (compiled by Lura Joseph, Librarian at the University of Illinois Geology Library)
"And as the dusk encroached, silently but persistently, the haunting fear grew in our hearts of the dependence of our very life's blood upon the large, savage man who had guided us into this uncharted landscape" Captain Meriwether Lewis
|The island of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, is a part of the Aruba-La Blanquilla island archipelago off the northern coast of Venezuela. Curaçao lies within a complex tectonic region at the strike-slip contact of the Caribbean and South American plates. As a result, Curaçao has experienced 100's of meters of uplift and erosion during the Paleogene and Neogene.|
On December 30, 2003, through January 6, 2004, the GEOL 315/415 field course will take place on the southern Caribbean island of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. The class will meet once weekly throughout the Fall 2003 semester. Curaçao provides a unique opportunity to compare and contrast modern and ancient coral reef environments, tropical soils, geomicrobiology, hydrogeology, and archaeology. Approximately half of the course will be taught in the shallow near shore marine environments surrounding the island using snorkel techniques, while the other half will be land based. Our home base will be the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute. This will be a rugged field experience in a desert island paradise.