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Geology of Fictional Worlds

October 2022

Precepted by Shawn Gaffney.
This course introduces the student to the various aspects of geology and how they can relate to worldbuilding and mapmaking. This includes continents, plate tectonics, mountains, water, glaciers, planetary patterns, the distribution of rock types and natural resources, natural disasters and weather patterns. This background would allow students to better evaluate fictional maps as well as create them. Examples will be drawn from Middle-earth, Earth-sea, Westeros, Dungeons and Dragons, and suggestions from students.

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Days and Times

Meeting Fridays in a two-hour block from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (Eastern Time), beginning October 7

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