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A Geologic Tour of the Northern Rockies

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV081
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Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

Join geologist Kirt Kempter for an exploration of the splendid scenery and geology of the northern Rocky Mountains that straddle the border between the United States and Canada. The geologic processes that formed these mountains represent a plate tectonic collision more than 30 million years in the making and spelled the retreat and demise of the great Western Interior Seaway.  

Kempter compares and contrasts the rock units at three national parks (Glacier, Banff, and Jasper), and discusses how the Ice Age helped sculpt and transform these mountains into the rugged topography we see today. From the emerald Lake Louise near Banff to the majestic views along Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier, a deep geologic history created these spectacular park landscapes, which are now designated as World Heritage Sites. 

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