Science for You: National Park Geology


Lightning bolt

Every Thursday • 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. • Mackey Auditorium

June 6, 13, 20, (27 cancelled for July 4th program) • July (4 holiday), 11, 18, 25 • August 1, (8 no class)

The natural wonders preserved in America’s national parks reflect the astonishing drama of their creation: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, glaciations, floods, the collision of continents and the disappearance of seas. The national parks tell a story of the origins, evolution and present-day marvels of the North American continent. No previous background in geology is needed, just a sense of curiosity about some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. In these Great Courses lectures, Ford Cochran—a geologist with National Geographic magazine—presents the national parks from a scientist’s as well as a visitor’s perspective, going beyond the most accessible sites to show the diverse geology of the national parks. This course, which began in spring, continues with visits to the parks of Utah, Colorado, and more. 

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Instructors/Coordinators:  Susan Hanna and Rick Hearn