GEOL& 208 Geology of the Pacific NW • 6 Cr.
Examines the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest, focusing on geologic processes important to its evolution. Students use evidence from rocks, landforms, and maps to reconstruct the geological story of the region. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Discuss basic terminology, principles and concepts of geology that apply to the Pacific Northwest.
- Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to interpreting local geologic evidence in lab and in the field.
- Apply modern plate tectonic concepts to understanding past, present and future plate tectonic activity, landforms and hazards in the Pacific Northwest.
- Identify igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks and fossils commonly found in the Pacific Northwest and use their physical characteristics to interpret the geologic history of the northwest (i.e., learn to “read the rocks”).
- Interpret chronology of geologic events in the northwest using relative and absolute dating principles, geologic cross sections and maps.
- Discuss the geologic history of the Pacific Northwest from the Precambrian to the present.
- Identify the major geologic hazards found in the northwest and discuss why these hazards occur.