Quaternary Environments and Landforms


Wind River Range
Grand Tetons
Fun Stuff

Note:  This site was created as fulfillment of the academic requirements of the course described within the site.  Pardon the science.  Special thanks to my colleague James Quinn of the UNI Department of Geogrpahy for his help on the site and use of several of his pictures.  Hope we can do it again sometime...

From the University of Northern Iowa Course Catalog:

970:131(g) - Quaternary Environments and Landforms

Examination of characteristics of "Ice Age" from 5 million years ago to present. Considers evidence for environmental change over this period from chemical, biologic, lithologic, geomorphologic, and archaeological data and the analytical methods used to discern this change. Prerequisite: junior standing.

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Dr. Dennis Dahms

From May 6-14, 2001, Dr. Dennis Dahms, Associate Professor of Geography, took a class of 9 geography and geology students to Wyoming for a first-hand look at landforms of the American West.  Although the purpose of the class was to study environments and landforms of the Quaternary, the students were able to observe all sorts of natural wonders, mostly in the areas of the South Dakota Badlands, Wyoming's Wind River Range, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.  We also had a little fun along the way.

This kind of experiential learning experience gives students an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the real world.  Those of us who participated enjoyed the opportunity to not only take part in a unique academic experience, but also the ability to travel, see new things, and meet new people.  This website is a summary of our experiences.  If you have any questions about the class or the field trip, you can contact Dr. Dennis Dahms at dennis.dahms@uni.edu.

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Trip Participants (left to right): Josh Spaete, Raymond Johnson, Crystal Schumacher, Brett Black, Craig Welch, Justin Thomas, Joe Campbell, Shawn Thomas, Dr. Dennis Dahms, and James Quinn.

Website created by Raymond Johnson and James Quinn, UNI Department of Geography