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Bernard Hallet
ESS 301
Seattle Campus

Geology of the Northwest

Geologic history of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Emphasis on use of geologic principles in interpreting evidence found in landscapes and rocks. Weekend field trips optional. Prerequisite: either ESS 101, ESS 105, ESS 210, ESS 211.

Class description

The geologic and geographic features of the Pacific Northwest preserve and display evidence of a surprisingly wide range of processes and events that have shaped this region. We will explore the geologic evolution of this area primarily in chronological order, focusing both on the tectonic forces and on the crustal and surficial processes (such as erosion by water and ice) that are responsible for the spectacular region we live in, the fertile lands that sustain us, the abundance of water and other resources, and the natural hazards we face. The Northwest contains examples of some of the planet's most striking geology, mountains and other landscapes, all within a manageable region, so it serves as an ideal natural classroom for the study of Earth's varied behavior and our rich physical environment.

Student learning goals

Understand & better appreciate our region and its rich geological dimension

Research and analyze data and literature on geologic processes and features

Effectively communicate relevant findings in both oral and written formats

Actively contribute to team research and reporting effort

General method of instruction

50 minute-lectures, labs and field trips

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


Standard UW grading scale:

Laboratory Exercises 50% Midterm Exam 20% Paper 15% Group Presentation and Evaluations 15%

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Bernard Hallet
Date: 03/30/2014