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MetSoc2017 Santa Fe

This webpage has details on a pre-conference, 1-day morning workshop and afternoon field trip on Sunday, July 23rd, along with some details on two official MetSoc field trip options on Wednesday, July 26th.  The Sunday workshop and field trip(s) are free to attend as the workshop conveners obtained funding for these; however please email santafeworkshop2017 [at] to get on our email list.  The Wednesday afternoon field trips will require payment when you register for MetSoc ’17.

Refer to the MetSoc ’17 website ( ) for more details on MetSoc ’17 in Santa Fe, New Mexico from July 23rd to 28th.


Sunday, July 23rd

9 AM to 12 noon:

(later start to accommodate late Saturday arrivals to ABQ/SAF and “jet lag”)


A workshop on “Recognizing the criteria for ancient impact structures” at La Fonda Hotel will have at least four 30-minute talks on this subject and field trip logistics along with time for discussion.

Wolf Uwe Reimold – “Shatter cones and the difference(s) between impact and tectonic breccias”  9:30 to 10:00

Christian Koeberl - "How to identify terrestrial impact structures re: shock metamorphism and geochemistry”  10:15 to 10:45

Aaron Cavosie – “Shocked detrital mineral grains as evidence for an ancient impact in Santa Fe”    11:00 to 11:30

Shawn Wright – field trip guidebook and logistics   11:45 – 12:00

(break for lunch in downtown Santa Fe)

Many options for restaurants - see MetSoc website.

1:30 PM until 4:15 (or 5:30 ?) PM:    

Depart La Fonda Hotel at 1:30 PM for the field trip to see shatter cones and breccias.  A printed field guide will be handed out.  This field trip bus may be capped at ~22-26 participants due to the bus size.

One bus will leave at 1:30 PM and return at 4:15 PM in time for the conference mixer at 5:00 PM.  However, if the workshop is full at 40-48 participants, we hope for a 2nd bus to stay later than 4:15 PM for impact crater and fieldwork enthusiasts to have time to peruse several hillsides.  The last stop of the field trip is a “on your own” hike around the Dale Ball Trail to see various fault breccias and possible impact breccias as clasts in the fault breccias.

Wednesday, July 26th

The Wednesday bus departures will leave from the conference center. 

Dr. Aaron Cavosie will lead a field trip at 1:30 on Wednesday to view and discuss sites where detrital shocked minerals have been confirmed.  Dr. Cavosie will take field trip participants to several gullies (all dry, easy walking access) to view sediment collection sites, discuss how detrital shocked mineral studies are conducted, and to visit nearby outcrops to search for evidence of shocked bedrock.  A field guide will be provided. Also see

This 1:30 PM field trip is different than the Sunday field trips and the later (3:00 PM) field trip on that same Wednesday, July 26th.

“Due to popular demand” (or “Indication of Interest” on the LPI MetSoc website), we have added a 2nd field trip on Wednesday the 26th at 3:00 PM.   It will also leave the conference center.  The field trip leaders include Santa Fe researchers Pedro Montalvo (PhD student, University of Puerto Rico) and Dr. Horton Newsom (University of New Mexico).  Wright and then Cavosie will then join this 2nd field trip for the 1st or 2nd stop (shatter cones and fault breccias) as Field Trip #1 is ending at ~3:30 PM.  This 2nd field trip is nearly identical to the Sunday field trips, but different than Wednesday’s Field Trip #1 starting at 1:30 PM.

Email the workshop conveners ( both at santafeworkshop2017 [at] or aaron.cavosie [at] or swright [at] ) for more information.  

Santa Fe Shattercone Outcrop Breccia
Santa Fe Shattercone Outcrop  Breccia
Breccia Tower
Breccia Tower

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