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Field Course

Earth, Environment and Human Interactions in Tennessee

A cornerstone of the Earth Horizons program is a two-week summer field course spanning the entire state of Tennessee. Starting in the ancient mountains of eastern Tennessee and travelling westward, this field course will explore the varied interactions between geology, hydrology and human populations across the state.  Participants will learn about the influence of geologic processes and geologic hazards on human history, and witness first-hand the impact of human activities on the landscape.

This course is a coordinated effort with Tennessee State Parks. While exploring the varied and beautiful public lands in Tennessee, students will be introduced to fundamental skills of earth science field work including investigation of rock outcroppings, field mapping, soil description, stream measurements, water quality testing and more.