Who Should Attend
Geologists, educators and students of earth science who seek a working knowledge of the geological, archaeological and natural history of the Colorado Plateau as revealed at Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks and other localities on the Colorado Plateau.
Identify the geologic principles derived from early studies on the Colorado Plateau by J.W. Powell, G.K. Gilbert, and others.
Summarize the origin and history of the Proterozoic metamorphic complex of the Grand Canyon region and contrast these rocks with other western metamorphic terranes.
Identify and analyze the depositional environments of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks of the Colorado Plateau, as exposed at each of the parks and landscapes in-between.
Analyze and classify the faults and folds associated with Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic activity, including the unique monoclines that define sub-provinces within the plateau country.
Assess and evaluate competing hypotheses concerning the erosional history of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.
Analyze and assess the history of land use on the Colorado Plateau from prehistoric time to the present, including water use, agriculture, and mineral/energy development.
1 hr of video lectures
1 hr reading
30 min quiz
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