SC 211: The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders. Class presentations available.

This is a repeat of Part 2 presented in the Fall 2014 Semester. These classes are based on a series of Great Courses video lectures by Professor Michael Wysession. Part 1 was a series of lectures presented in the Spring 2014 semester, but previous viewing is not a requirement. 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 Science Committee.

Tuesday, May 12: Limestone Weathering – Mammoth Cave, The Great Blue Hole, Ha Long Bay

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders Outline

Geological Wonders – Mammoth Cave,

Great Blue Hole

Ha Long Bay

Tuesday, May 19: Mid-ocean Ridges, Rifts and Lava Lakes – Galapagos, African Rift Valley, Erta Ale Lava Lake (Afar Region, Ethiopia)

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders Galapagos Islands

Geological Wonders Ha Long

Mid Ocean Ridges-Rifts and Lava Lakes

Tuesday, May 26: Mountains and Rivers – Himalayas, Ganges Delta, Amazon Basin

Class Presentations:

Mountains and Rivers

Tuesday, June 2: Waterfalls, Floods and Tides – Iguazu Falls, Rock of Gibraltar, Bay of Fundy

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

Class Presentations:

Geological Wonders

Bay of Fundy

Developers/Discussion Leaders: John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI Science Committee Members


Tuesdays, May 12, 19, 26, and June 2

1:30 – 3:30 PM


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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