Roadside Geology of Yellowstone
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Robert C. Thomas, Ph.D.
Geology, Natural History
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Jump into the bus for three full days of exploring the most amazing roadside geology in the world: Yellowstone, Earth's largest active volcano. You'll examine rocks formed in continental collisions billions of years ago, ponder the forces that buried forests, and follow glaciers that covered the entire park in thousands of feet of ice.
While traversing roads in and around the park, you'll find evidence of volcanic eruptions during the past 2.2 million years – including signs that the volcano continues its action today.
About the instructor
Dr. Rob Thomas is a Professor of Geology in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, Montana. He is a Montana Regents Professor and Teaching Scholar, Montana Educator of the Year, and a Carnegie U.S. Professor. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. He earned B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Humboldt State University, the University of Montana, and the University of Washington.
He has authored or co-authored over 75 publications, including the book, Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country, and Roadside Geology of Montana. He uses Montana Western’s immersion learning system to engage students in field projects designed to benefit society and the environment. His personal passions are family, mountain recreation and playing guitar around a campfire.
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