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Spring Term-Reading Rocks

This is a travel course to introduce students to the immensity of geologic time as evidenced by the rock record. It is an introduction to the geology, archeology, poetry and prose of the American Southwest. Through visits to the San Francisco Volcanic Field, the Grand Canyon, and the Grand Staircase, students will learn to identify igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and to describe the processes at work both within and on the surface of the Earth that led to their formation. Students will gain an appreciation for how humans have interacted with this environment through examination of the rocks and landscape, group discussions centered on a variety of literary excerpts, and visits to various archeological sites in the region. Moderate physical exertion, including daily hikes, is required. Students should be prepared for variable weather and undeveloped camping conditions. Course Fee: $1,500.00

Spring Term-Reading Rocks

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