*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Geologic History of Virginia

We will start with an overview of plate tectonics and basic rock classification. We will then examine the geologic history of Virginia starting with the Pre-Cambrian rocks of the Blue Ridge and continuing on to the accreted terranes of the Piedmont, the evolution of the Valley and Ridge and Upland Plateau provinces, and end with the formation of the Triassic Basins and Coastal Plain. Along the way, we will discuss the multiple mountain building and rifting events that Virginia experienced, important rocks and minerals of the state, fossil assemblages, historic mining, paleoclimates, and much more. No prior geological education is required to take this course.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Barnhill is a geologist by education, having earned an MA from Tulsa University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked for many years as an exploration geophysicist and geologist for large and medium-sized energy corporations, and as a research scientist for Indiana University on behalf of the Department of the Navy. In addition, Dr. Barnhill has written numerous publications on sedimentary geology, coal geology, and hydrology.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B104 Mark Barnhill Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec 3 Mo 9:30-11:00 a.m. Unity of Charlottesville WL

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