SC 214 – GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS: Part 1 – The Far West. Class presentations available.

DVD Lecture with Discussion

The 100-year-old U.S. National Park System is one of America’s treasures. Join us in the first of a multi-semester series of classes addressing the geology of the National Parks, focusing this semester on the far western continental United States. Each DVD lecture will provide an account of the human significance of the region, as well as a description of the geological phenomena that are responsible for its interesting features. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session, led by members of the OLLI STEM Committee. The last week of the class, we will be joined by Mark Bordelon, an OLLI favorite local geologist, for a lecture specifically about Joshua Tree National Park.

Friday, January 6: Grand Teton National Park (earthquakes, glaciers, landslides), Glacier Bay and Kenai Fjords Alaska National Parks (plate tectonics, glaciers, remnants of erosion)

Class Presentations:




Friday, January 13: Yosemite National Park (valley formation, volcanic activity, glaciers, streams and rivers), Sierra Nevada Area National Parks (glaciers, gold, water, sequoias)



Friday, January 20: The San Andreas Fault Area National Parks (tectonic activity, faulting, uplift), Denali Area Alaska National Parks (crustal collisions, faulting, mountain building, micro-plates)

Class Presentations:



Friday, January 27: Mark Bordelon, The Geology of Joshua Tree National Park (crustal collision, zonal geology, volcanic plutons, remnants of erosion)


Ford Cochran (via Great Courses DVD), Geologist and Program Director, National Geographic Expeditions

Mark Bordelon, Adjunct Geology Professor, Irvine Valley College

Class Presentation:


Developers/Discussion Leaders:

John Bush and Gary Oberts, OLLI STEM Committee members


Fridays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken

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