Field trip and lab report formatting tips (also, please see Geodude's tips...)


Note purpose of trip in general and using details and examples.

Use terminology and concepts used in class or mentioned in book.

 Tie to class objectives.

Overview of trip route

Give general description of route and list stops using road names, trails, or location names from beginning of trip to final destination.

Give general information on the geologic or landscape regions you traveled through and any natural hazards aspects or information that seems relevant or important . For example, is the area in a floodplain, on a  steep slope, downstream of a volcano, or are there visible landslides or weak rocks?

Previous investigations

Briefly summarize any reports or geologic maps you may have found in which previous research has addressed or analyzed any of the hazards or mapped the geology.

Use references.

Stop 1

Describe location and landscape/geologic context of stop.

What did you see? Deposits, lava flows, landslides, etc? Provide details using estimates of grain sizes, composition, texture, thicknesses, height above river, age of flow (or deposit or landform), distance it flowed (from volcano?), etc.  

What is the interpretation of what you saw—what does It represent?

What is relevance to risk, land use planning, emergency preparedness?

Use photos and/or sketches. Always use caption (right click on picture).

Stop 2

As above…

Stop 3…

Discussion and/or summary

Reflect on what you observed and its significance to the course and the learning objectives for the course (found in syllabus).


Use APA style (see library website and “learn how” menu)

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