Nov. 11, 2014
Courses and Syllabi
Dr. Laura L. Runge
Office: CPR 360 D
LIT 6934: Literature of Place: Florida
November 18 Class 13: Walk in the Wetlands
GUEST LECTURER: Mark Rains, Associate Professor of Geology. Class will meet at 3:30 in the parking lot of SCA (8A).
Video: Geology, hydrogeology and Florida past and future
Reading: Bill Bellville, "A Valley of Inches," in The Wild Heart of Florida 112-118;
Recommended: Selections from Priceless Florida - beginning through part one (CANVAS)
Due: Post #12
Notes and Discussion Questions:
Dr. Rains' lecture is on deep time and how that affects the way geologists see the present. He demonstrates how Florida
has had a tenuous existence throughout time, at times fully submerged in sea water, at other times with extensive land mass.
He ends his lecture with a contemplative exercise, that I propose you undertake for your posting. It will require that you
imagine what Tampa is like at three different points in time. You can choose one of those times and imagine our place
from the perspective of its inhabitants.
The Belleville reading will localize much of the larger geological information that Rains provides us. Please read this brief piece
after you listen to the lecture. Belleville's method of "reading" his own back yard and neighborhood in the the St. Johns River
basin will be a foreshadowing of our walk in the ecoarea of USF.
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