Introduction to Geology offered in Belfast this January

By University of Maine Hutchinson Center | Dec 16, 2013

Belfast, Maine — Did you ever wonder what lies deep underneath your feet? Or how Maine got here? The Earth sciences course ERS 101 - Introduction to Geology will be offered during the spring semester starting Jan. 13 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The class meets Mondays, with a lecture from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and laboratory from 1-4 p.m.

Topics include mineralogy, formation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, geologic time, weathering and soil formation, glaciation, deserts and desertification, coastlines, earthquakes and seismology, and evolution of mountain belts and plate tectonics. Laboratory work includes the study of rocks and minerals, interpretation of topographic maps and aerial photographs and geologic features in preparation for a one-day field trip in late spring. The course is open to all, and offers three lab science college credits.

ERS 101 is taught by retired East Carolina University Department of Geological Sciences professor David Lawrence. Lawrence holds geology degrees from Beloit College, University of Washington and Binghamton University. He worked for several summers for mining and metals exploration companies, and two years for an oil company. He also taught geology and geophysics at the College of Charleston and East Carolina University. In his research, Lawrence has investigated metamorphic and plutonic rocks, and structural geology in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Washington, Colorado, South Carolina and North Carolina; and collected and analyzed gravity data in North and South Carolina.

To register, for more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the Hutchinson Center, 207.338.8000 or visit the Hutchinson Center science website (

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s premier public university. It is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,247 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in roughly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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