Virtual Field Trip: Geology of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks

05 March, 2014
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.
Course Content

A geological exploration of the Colorado Plateau is an opportunity to observe and understand many of the principles that established the science of geology. For those who have not visited the region previously (or have not had the chance to tour it in depth), this field seminar will provide a comprehensive journey into the geological story of this fascinating landscape. The arc of our trip, from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and back, provides a remarkably detailed history of the North American continent from the Early Proterozoic to Holocene time. Few places provide the story in such scenic fashion.

NOTE: This e-symposium will take the participants on a virtual field trip that will cover a portion of the areas and geology covered in AAPG’s to be held May 31 – June 6, at the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks.

Structure of the E-Symposium

Each e-symposium consists of one-hour live e-symposium, along with material for one full day of independent study. The live portion will be followed by a full day of independent study (not a live event). The one-hour live e-symposium can be accessed from any computer anywhere in the world using a high-speed internet connection. After the event is over, you will receive via email information about accessing the asynchronous segment (not live) which consists of a recording of the event, your independent study materials, to be accessed and studied at any time. You will be able to email responses to the readings, along with your study question answers for CEU credit (if you sign up for the extended package).

Video, PDF of presentation, additional readings / resources.
A link to course materials will be provided upon registration.

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