Arizona Geological Society

Alison Jones Presents - Rafting through 2 Billion Years of Geologic Time

  • 03 Jul 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Borderlands Brewing, 119 East Toole Avenue, Tucson AZ 85701

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Sponsored by:  Layne Christensen Company


      Rafting through 2 Billion Years of Geologic Time

by Alison Jones, Clear Creek Associates

July 3, 2018



Abstract - 

Alison Jones will take us on a virtual rafting trip through the Grand Canyon to look at the Paleozoic and Precambrian rock units, modern geologic features (lava dams, debris flows), and anthropologic and historical features.


BioAlison Jones is a third generation geologist.  She got her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (where there is not a single rock at the surface within 100 miles) and a Master’s degree from the Colorado School of Mines (where there were plenty of rocks).  Alison’s career path took the scenic route. She did research for geological books and BBC television films right out of graduate school, and eventually ended up in Maine working as a hydrogeologist.  On a vacation in 1997, Alison saw her first saguaro outside of the baggage claim area of the Tucson airport, and she knew she would eventually live there. Finally, in 2006, eager for a change of scenery, she and her husband moved to Tucson, where she was thrilled to have “Grand Canyon State” on her license plate. After a couple of years at  City of Tucson Environmental Services as an Environmental Manager, she went back to consulting. She has been working at Clear Creek Associates on groundwater projects since 2008. Alison has served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Arizona Geological Society.

Alison’s first river trip through the Grand Canyon was in 2006, with a former Mines professor who had served on her thesis committee, Dr. John Warme.  Those early trips focused on depositional environments and sedimentological processes. Later trips with Stan Beus (NAU Emeritus professor and co-discoverer of the Surprise Canyon Formation) took an even broader view of the Canyon’s history.  She is grateful to these two wonderful geologists for opening up this part of the world to her. She will run her 12thtrip in August.


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