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Borates of Death Valley

Twenty Mule Team CanyonBorates have been used through the ages in ceramic glazes, insecticides, metal forging, cleaning agents, and more. They have helped make Death Valley famous- think 20 Mule Team Borax. These relatively uncommon compounds are found in specific environments in just a few locations around the globe, including Death Valley. Join eminent Death Valley geologist Jim Calzia for an intimate look at the geologic formation and mining of borates in the Death Valley area. This excursion includes stops at Zabriski Point, locations relevant to recent and historic borax mining and processing operations, and a 3-4 mile round-trip hike to look at exposures in the field. Must have sturdy closed shoes and water. Hat, sunscreen, and other sun protection highly recommended. Program limited to 10 participants.

DETAILS

Cost: $75 plus ticketing fee.

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Meet: at flagpole in front of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center at 8:30 am.

General Class Description: We will travel by vans to various stops where we can see, discuss, and learn about the geology of borates and their impact in the area, both historic and more recently. There will be a hike of 3 to 4 miles round-trip to look at borate exposures. Be prepared for uneven, loose substrate.

Must have sturdy closed shoes and at least 2 liters of water. Hat, sunscreen, and other sun protection highly recommended. Bring your own lunch and snacks.

A liability waiver form must signed in order to participate in this program. To save time download it here and bring it with you.

REGISTRATION & PREPAYMENT REQUIRED (Registrations will open to the general public Februrary 2, 2018)

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