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Alexander Williamson
TESC 316
Tacoma Campus

Pacific Northwest Geology

Explores the rocks, plate tectonics, and other geologic features, and evolution of the Pacific Northwest, including the Cacades, Columbia Plateau, Olympic Mountains, and Yellowstone. Laboratory includes rock identification, and interpretation of topographic and geologic maps of the Northwest. Offered: Sp.

Class description

TEXT AND MATERIALS: We will read all of both books as assignments. Alt, D. and D.W. Hyndman. 1995. Northwest Exposures: A Geologic Story of the Northwest. Missoula: Mountain Press. 443 p.( ISBN 0-87842-323-0)

Figge, J. 2009. Evolution of the Pacific Northwest: An Introduction to the Historical Geology of Washington State and Southern British Columbia. Seattle: The Northwest Geological Institute. 355 p. http://northwestgeology.com/. Available free online only.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Pacific Northwest Geology explores the rocks, plate tectonics, geomorphology and evolution of the Pacific Northwest, including the Puget Sound Trough, Cascades, Columbia Plateau, Olympic Mountains, and Yellowstone. Activities include rock identification, application of stratigraphic and tectonic principles, and interpretation of topographic and geologic maps of the Northwest. There is a GREAT optional one week field trip for 1 lab credit in the summer. June 14-20 Mon-Sun to the John Day fossil beds national monument in Central Oregon. It is well lead by Julie Masura who used to teach this course. I may be on the trip as well. Your good participation and grade in this course will be considered when selecting students for the summer field course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion, and both in class and outside class assignments involving interactive learning.

Recommended preparation

basic study skills.

Class assignments and grading


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 Alexander Williamson
Date: 12/27/2011