The Geology and Anthropology Departments of Modesto Junior College are offering a two-week summer field studies exploration of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest on June 26-July 10, 2019. The destinations of Geology/Anthropology 192 include Olympic and North Cascades National Parks, and a series of Cascades volcanoes, including Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, Mt. Garibaldi, and the Black Tusk. The class also visits Vancouver Island, Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, the Sea to Sky Highway, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites across the region.
British Columbia and the states of the Pacific Northwest display some of the most spectacular geology to be seen anywhere. Four massive mountain systems formed by hundreds of millions of years of compression along the Cascadia Subduction Zone show more than a billion years of Earth history with fragments of crust that have been carried there from around the world.
The geological landscape sets the stage for human use and interaction. This region was a pathway for human settlement of the Americas from Asia, and those people diverged into multiple cultures that thrived on the natural resources such as fish. A diversity of cultures lives in the region today, and the participants will experience evidence of past lifeways as well as how people live today in the region.
Geology 192 and Anthropology 192 are both 3-unit courses that are taught concurrently
for a total of six units. The cost is $1,600 plus MJC tuition of $46 per unit. The
trip begins in Seattle, Washington (students must make their own arrangements to get
to Seattle), and participants travel in rental vans and stay in hotels for the duration
of the class.Information is available online at http://hayesg.faculty.mjc.edu/GeologyPacificNorthwest.html. For questions contact Professor Garry Hayes at email@example.com or (209) 575-6294 or Professor Susan Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (209) 575-6107.