GL 1883 Geology of the Maine Landscape

Go high and far and deep; get dirty and wet and everything in between; play with fancy toys and simple toys; burn d*rt! – All in an effort to learn why Maine is the way it is.
The Maine landscape is quite diverse – glaciers carved a new landscape, runoff and erosion subsequently modified that landscape, and rivers drained away the byproducts. This course seeks to immerse students in the fundamental components of Maine’s physical landscape (Water, Soil, Rock) in such a way that is not possible within the confines of the traditional course model of two hours of lecture and two hours of lab per week. These short segments of time facilitate not much more than a brief survey of the physical environment, rely heavily on observational-based studies of the landscape, and have little opportunity for in-depth study of process and form necessary for full comprehension of Maine’s rich geologic history. This introductory course with its block scheduling not only permits further investigation of surveying and map making, soils, wetlands, surface water and ground water systems, glacial landforms, and structural geology, but also introduces students to the fundamental field and lab skills utilized in the study of Maine’s landscape. By completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the formative processes responsible for shaping Maine’s landscape.
  • Communicate, citing examples, the function of geology within the paradigm of Earth Systems.
  • Measure, model, or otherwise be able to quantitatively and qualitatively describe components of Maine’s geologic landscape.
  • Engage in thought, discussion, and practice related to the theoretical and applied aspects of Maine geology.

This course meets the physical science or environmental science requirement.

Credits: 3
Tuition : $1,575
Room and Board : $350
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Spigel
Dates: May 15 – 22
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.