OSHR 1804 - Geology of Selected National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Do you have an interest in the physical characteristics and geologic history of our national parks, monuments, and seashores? Have you ever wondered why Washington’s Mt. Saint Helen's eruption was so different from the ongoing eruptions in Hawaii? Why the Great Smokey Mountain landscape does not resemble the landscapes of Montana’s Glacier National Park or Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park? How and when was the Grand Canyon carved and how long did it take? This short course will answer these questions and more. We will discuss how geologic processes that occur within and on Earth's surface have shaped our parks within the framework of plate tectonics.

Participants will be presented with the knowledge and tools to observe and understand the landscapes and rocks in our spectacular national parks, monuments and seashores.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.