Geology and Natural History of the Eastern Sierra

Geology and Natural History of the Eastern Sierra

Course Number: GEO X460.2

1.5 units

Along the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada lies one of the most remarkable landscapes in North America. Explore the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra between Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes. Topics include:

  • The huge 1872 earthquake (one of the three great earthquakes in California history)
  • Glacial landforms from the last Ice Age
  • The cataclysmic eruption of Long Valley
  • The volcanic hazards of future eruptions of Mammoth Mountain

Available Sections

Starting Apr 27


Starting Apr 27

Course Fees



Gary Arce [ bio ]

close [x] Gary Arce, M.S., Instructor, Geology, Victor Valley College and Mentor Teacher, Apple Valley High School. Arce's articles and photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and he has published professional papers dealing with environmental hazards and alternative energy resources in Alaska. He is also the author of an acclaimed book on Yosemite rock climbing, "Defying Gravity -- High Adventure on Yosemite's Walls."


Sat, Sun 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Apr 27 - Apr 28, 2019

2 Meetings


Field Site

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Section Notes:

Transportation to Owens Valley is the responsibility of the student. Information on accommodations and camping will be provided. Visitors not permitted. 

Class hours listed may include travel time to some field locations.




No Textbook Required.


No Prerequisites for this course

Available Sections


Section No.: 184CPD004

Dates: Apr 27 - Apr 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 am-6:00 pm

Instructor: Gary Arce

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Field Site

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