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Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape*

(Geosciences x460.4, 1 unit)

Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 8 am – 5 pm Sunday, October 25, 9 am - 1 pm
Meet at: Oasis Visitor Center
Fee: $110 JTNPA/PINE member, $120 non member
Credit Fee: $160 JTNPA/PINE member, $170 non member
Instructor: Tor Lacy, M.S., Professor of Geology, Cerritos College
Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

Investigate the natural architecture and origin of Joshua Tree National Park’s landscape with Tor Lacy, Professor of Geology, Cerritos College. Starting in the classroom participants will be introduced to basic geologic principles including major rock groups, plate tectonics, mountain building, and the impact of weathering. Tor will discuss how these processes worked together to form the fantastic desert landscape of the park. The class will venture into the field on two excursions to observe and identify monzogranite, gneiss, aplite, and more. For those new to geology or experienced geologists, Tor will make learning about this complex and unique landscape comprehensible and fun.  Suggested Reading:  Joshua Tree National Park Geology by D.D. Trent and Richard Hazlett, which is available at the Visitor Centers or online at the JTNP Association store.

Download the course outline:  Geology Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape  Fall 2015 for the class itinerary, meeting times and locations.

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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