Professor David Harbor
Geology 105-01 (4)
GEOL 105-01: FS: Earth Lab: Sand (4). First-Year seminar. Inaugural Jockey John Robinson Seminar. Prerequisite: First-Year standing. Sand is everywhere. It is between our toes at the beach, sweeping beneath us in rivers, and blown against us in stinging desert storms. And yet, this ubiquitous, ordinary substance tells incredible stories of plate tectonic upheavals, vast seas covering now-dry continents, and journeys through rivers, into inland deserts, and along ocean shores. This field-based seminar explores the origin and nature of sand, its journeys, and how geologists use observations in modern environments along with detailed microscopic and field descriptions to define the conditions of landscapes long past. Participation requires camping on eastern barrier islands, travel to the Colordao Plateau of Utah, and a healthy imagination. All expenses are covered by the Jockey John Robinson Fund. (SL) Harbor.