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SC 211- World’s Greatest Geological Wonders – Class presentation available

Cascadia Subduction ZoneThese classes are based on a series of video lectures by Professor Michael Wysession. His video lecture series How the Earth Works previously provided the core of several popular OLLI classes. Experiencing the lectures on which these classes are based is rather like making a tour of picturesque places with a knowledgeable geologist as a companion. Each lecture provides an account of the human significance of the region as well as a description of the geological phenomena that are responsible for the interesting features, such as volcanic activity, the formation and erosion of mountains, the creation of caves and atolls, earthquakes and faults. The concepts of plate tectonics provide unifying explanations for much of the spectacular geology. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session, led by members of the OLLI Science Committee.

Tuesday, April 8: Fire – Santorini, Mount Fuji, Hawaii

Class Presentation: Geological Wonders – Fire

Tuesday, April 15: Ice – Antarctica, Columbia Glacier, Fjordland National Park

Class Presentations:

Antarctic presentation for Geol Wonders

Antarctic Geological Wonders





Hawaii Geol Wonders OLLI April 2014Hawaii Geological Wonders




Tuesday, April 22: Erosion – The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Uluru/Ayers Rock

Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire

Class Presentation: Erosion **Note: This presentation is a continuation from the April 8 class meeting.




Tuesday, April 29: Weathering – Mammoth Cave, The Great Blue Hole, Ha Long Bay

Class Presentations:  

Bryce Canyon



Bryce Canyon





Geological Wonders 2

Presenter (via Teaching Company DVD): Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, Washington University in Saint Louis.

Developers/Discussion Leaders: Gary Oberts, Gil Brenner and John Bush


Tuesdays, April 8, 15, and 29

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Tuesday, April 22

12:30 – 2:30 PM

Location:      University Club



One Response

  1. I’ve seen the first of this series and am duly impressed. Thank you for putting it together. I plan to be at all of them.


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