Fall 2010 not offered
The earth is a dynamic planet, as tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions make tragically clear. The very processes that lead to these natural disasters, however, also make life itself possible and create things of beauty and wonder. In this course we will study the forces and processes that shape our natural environment. Topics range in scale from the global pattern of mountain ranges to the atomic structure of minerals, and in time from billions of years of Earth history to the few seconds it takes for a fault to slip during an earthquake. Hands-on activities and short field trips complement lectures to bring the material to life--so put on your hiking boots and get ready to explore our planet.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)(PSCI-MN)(SISP)
Brian Skinner, Stephen Porter and Jeffrey Park, DYNAMIC EARTH: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY, 5th edition (2004), John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-471-15228-5.
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Two hour exams, final exam and four written exercises done in lab sections.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course meets in small sections for four afternoon laboratory meetings and two afternoon field trips during the semester. Attendance at these is required.
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