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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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. (Gen. Ed. PS)
Course Details

Spring 2021

Feb 1, 2021 - May 4, 2021
Donna Francis
Base Cost: $1,928 ($482/credit)
Term Fee: $47
Start date: Feb 01, 2021
End date: May 04, 2021
Last day to add: Feb 12, 2021
Last day to drop: Feb 12, 2021
Last day to withdraw: Mar 29, 2021
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