Science for You: National Park Geology


Lightning bolt

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

January 17, 24, 31 • February 7, 14, 21, 28 • March 7, 14, 21, 28 • April (4 break), 11

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. For more information, see our website at

Instructors/Coordinators :   Susan Hanna and Rick Hearn