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GY445 – Regional Studies in Geology

In Regional Studies: Geology of California, students are provided with an opportunity to apply the geological concepts studied in the classroom and on a multitude of local field trips to areas outside of Colorado.

Lake Kaweah from Highway 198 in the evening; photo courtesy of Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33671002@N00/7589742650/" target="_blank">David Prasad</a>.
Lake Kaweah from Highway 198 in the evening; photo courtesy of Flickr user David Prasad.

Instructor(s)

Associate Professor, Chair Henry Fricke email
Professor Christine Siddoway email

In Regional Studies: Geology of California, students are provided with an opportunity to apply the geological concepts studied in the classroom and on a multitude of local field trips to areas outside of Colorado. This class is the perfect class for someone wanting take advantage of the block plan: students are given a chance to compare and contrast the geologic history of Colorado with other places while away from campus. For this iteration of the class, an east-west transect across the state of California will be studied, an area bounded on the north by I-80 and on the south by I-15, with most of the time being spent on the eastern margin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Because of California's complex geologic history, the focus will lie on the topographic evolution of central California from ~200 Ma ago to the present day.

Prerequisite: Senior Geology major and COI