James Hutton and the Scottish Roots of Modern Geology

Dr. Joe Dan Collins, Jr. (More Info)

James Hutton and the Scottish Roots of Modern Geology

Program Dates:
June 22 - July 7, 2018

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:

Earth & Environmental Science , Geography , History

Course Description:
Scotland is the most ancient landscape in Britain and considered to be the birthplace of modern geology. James Hutton was one of the most creative scientists of the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment, and his theories about earth's evolution over geologic deep time are basic to modern geology. This course will expose geology and geography students to famous sites, such as Siccar Point and Salisbury Crags Sills, on which Hutton based the revolutionary and influential concepts that are the foundation of modern geological thought. We will also visit his farmhouse at Slighhouses and his grave in Edinburgh, as well as relevant museums.

Introduction to Geology/Earth Science/Physical Geography and completion of basic university writing requirements.

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expected ability to walk 3 to 5 miles daily, carry a day pack with essential items (i.e., water, lunch, personal medications, first aid, etc.).

Course Highlights:
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