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GEOLSCI 210: Tectonic Evolution of the U.S. Cordillera

The geologic and tectonic evolution of the U.S. Cordillera based on its rock record through time. This region provides good examples of large-scale structures and magmatic activity generated during crustal shortening, extension, and strike-slip faulting and affords opportunity to study crustal-scale processes involved in mountain building in context of plate tectonic motions.

Various rock samples under microscope

GES 209: Microstructures

The interplay between temperature, pressure, and deformation in the Earth’s crust produces a wide variety of structural fabrics and metamorphic textures in rocks. The ability to accurately describe, analyze and interpret these fabrics and textures in the field, hand specimen and thin section is essential to anyone interested in the structural and thermal history of metamorphic rocks and the thermo-mechanical behavior of the lithosphere.

Canyon in Funeral Mountains, Death Valley

GS 193/293: Advanced structural mapping in the field

What do faults look like and how do they work? Pop-up field trip and class - Spring Break! Data Collection and geologic mapping along the Boundary Canyon Fault, Death Valley National Park