Geology of the National Parks

This course is an introduction to geology, using features of the U.S. National Park system to highlight the basic concepts and principles.  Writer Wallace Stegner has called the National Parks "the best idea we ever had."  The National Parks were created to preserve unique and beautiful landscapes for "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." From Acadia on the coast of Maine to the Hawaii Volcanoes, the parks preserve some of the most spectacular examples of geologic processes.  From this perspective we will explore earth process dynamics, including plate tectonics, natural hazards, and climate change through geologic time.   We will use a variety of materials to explore geology in many of the parks and monuments, including lectures, videos, photo galleries, readings, and maps.  The National Parks provide a fascinating and inspiring introduction to the field of geology.

Course Details

Campus: 
Amherst
Format: 
Online
Level: 
Undergraduate
Subject: 
Geology
Number: 
GEOLOGY 109
Semester: 
Spring 2017
Registration Status: 
Closed
Registration: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 to Monday, February 6, 2017
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