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.
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
Class assignments and grading
Standard UW grading scale: http://faculty.washington.edu/scstroup/Gradescale.html
Laboratory Exercises 50% Midterm Exam 20% Paper 15% Group Presentation and Evaluations 15%