GEO 109 -- NATURE of MOUNTAINS

Prof.  Michael L. Williams
Course Summary

    This course is an examination of mountains on Earth from Mt. Everest in the Himalayas, to Mauna Loa on Hawaii, to Mt. St. Helens in the Cascades, to Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks.  The class will discuss the unique geologic setting and geologic history of many of Earth's great mountains, including why they rise and why they ultimately fall.  The course will also examine the interaction between mountains and life on Earth, from earliest evolution to our modern fascination with, and exploitation of, mountainous environments.  The Honors Colloquium will investigate the origin and implications of specific mountains or mountain ranges, and will compile current events regarding mountains on Earth.  There are no prerequisites.  This course fulfills the GEO-101 requirement for Geosciences and Earth Science majors.