National Parks Geology: Alaska and Hawaii

Course Dates: 
5 weeks: January 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16, 2018
Fridays, 9-11 a.m.
Richard Wiener
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

This is the third College for Seniors course on geology of National Parks in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the National Park system. We will discuss the geology of national parks in Alaska and Hawaii, focusing on how geologic factors such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami, bedrock, and glaciation impact topography and scenery. Geologic evolution of the regions will be discussed as well. There will be a brief introduction to geology basics, so that neither attendance in previous National Parks classes nor a science background is required.

Course Outline

Richard Wiener ( has a doctorate in geology with 30 years of technical geoscience experience at ExxonMobil. He has taught geology courses at College for Seniors for five years and previously taught at SUNY Oneonta. Rich has numerous geologic publications to his credit.