Early exploration of the American West: 1540 - 1879
Since the first European explorer visited the American West in 1540, it has always been a source of wonder and fascination. So it is not a surprise there was a long and colorful history to explore, document, and map that area. These 2 lectures will track that history: from the earliest Spanish conquistadors, through the French explorers, document the 5 major US land grabs to consolidate the US West, followed by the earliest American explorers, and ending with the amazing Four Great Surveys of the American West. The two lectures will document that 340 years of history by focusing on the main explorers, the people they took with them, their hardships, and their accomplishments.
About Larry Meckel
Larry is an exploration geologist who lives in Ouray. He has retired from the Colorado School of Mines where he taught graduate level courses in geology, but still teaches continuing education courses with the OLLI program at the University of Denver. He has a BA from Rice University and a PhD from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to becoming a consulting geologist, he worked with Shell Oil and Development Companies. He has published many papers and received a number of educational and petroleum geology awards, the last being the Sidney Powers Award (2016) the highest award of the AAPG to a petroleum geologist.