Geologist Fraser Goff, who wrote the book on Valles’ geology, is leading a trip Oct. 9 to the Valles Caldera with his wife Cathy Goff. Courtesy photo
Explore six different areas of the geothermal springs in the Valles Caldera Sunday, Oct. 9 with geologists Fraser and Cathy Goff. This is an opportunity to learn about the volcanology of the preserve and see little-known geothermal springs with the person who literally wrote the book on the Valles’ geology.
The group will start at the Valles Caldera Visitor Center, drive through the northeastern valley (Valle San Antonio), cross into the Sulphur Creek drainage, visiting part of the geothermal system, and returning to the visitor center along N.M. 4. Learn about the volcanology of the preserve and see little-known geothermal springs with the person who literally wrote the book on the Valles’ geology.
Fraser Goff is the author of Valles Caldera: A Geologic History. Along with an extensive resume, Goff was Chief Scientist and Principal Investigator on three high-temperature scientific wells in the Valles Caldera, and has worked on about 40 geothermal systems and 15 active volcanoes worldwide during his career. Fraser has spent more than 38 years working in the Jemez Mountains and Valles aldera. Cathy Goff also is an accomplished geologist and has worked on geothermal and volcanic projects throughout the western USA, and in Alaska, Hawaii, Latin America, Italy and Japan.
This guided tour costs $40 for non-members and $32 for PEEC members. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. This tour will start and end at Valles Caldera Visitor Center. Plan to be in the preserve 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.