World’s Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites

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  • Week 5
    November 1, 2021
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Week 6
    November 8, 2021
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Leader: Paul Hague

Mondays, 1-3 PM | October 4 – November 8

This course takes us to the world’s most spectacular geological wonders, explains the forces that formed them, and recounts the stories that have grown up around them. In the lectures this term, we explore 12 amazing geologic locations on our planet.  The goal of this course is to heighten your sense of wonder and respect for the planet we live on.  These classes draw on the Great Courses lectures by Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D. of Washington University, St. Louis, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences.  Dr. Wysession is an established leader in seismology and geophysical education.

October 4

Cave of Crystals – Exquisite Caves

Great Blue Hole – Coastal Symmetry in Sinkholes

October 11

Ha Long Bay – Dramatic Karst Landscape

Bryce Canyon – Creative Carvings of Erosion

October 18

Uluru/Ayers Rock – Sacred Nature of Rocks

Devils Tower – Igneous Enigmas

October 25

Antarctica – A World of Ice

Columbia Glacier – Unusual Glacier Cycles

November 1

Fiordland National Park – Majestic Fjords

Rock of Gibraltar – Catastrophic Floods

November 8

Bay of Fundy – Inexorable Cycle of Tides

Hawaii – Volcanic Island Beauty


Paul Hague is a retired geologist who loves to continue learning.


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