AE22 Geology of the Blue Ridge

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Wednesday August 3

10:00 AM  –  11:30 AM


Geology of the Blue Ridge

ONLINE* | Six sessions: Wednesdays & Fridays, August 3 – 19 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Steve Yurkovich

$165 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

BRN Core Requirement | NCEE 

Field Experience registration opens in class to registered participants.


Explore the geologic history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this Zoom-based class that includes lecture presentations, discussions and self-guided explorations in the field. The course begins with a discussion of the earth’s interior and plate tectonics, progresses to a model for the formation of the southern Appalachians and then describes the surficial processes that generate the current mountain topography. Discussion will also include an overview of geologic processes that affect these mountains today: earthquakes, mass movements and floods.

Students registered for the online course will have the opportunity to register separately for a small-group distanced field experience, also eligible for BRN or NCEE Criteria II credit.


Steve Yurkovich is a professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. For 40 years he was an educator in the geosciences program and researcher in Appalachian geology. He holds a doctorate from Brown University. Yurkovich has produced a number of research publications related to the geology of western North Carolina and has led classes and field trips for numerous school, civic, environmental and professional groups.



***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



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    • The synchronous sessions will be conducted online via Zoom in a live interactive format. Make sure your Zoom app is up to date. Please keep your microphone muted as you enter and respect the moderator and instructor's expressed wishes for taking questions or participating in discussions. 
    • Links for a recording of any online class will be sent via email or are posted on our online learning program Schoology within 1 to 3 business days following the class. Access to recorded classes will expire after 30 days.




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