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Quaternary Environments
E&ES 311
Spring 2011 not offered

This course examines the environmental history of the Quaternary Period, the last 2.6 million years of Earth history that includes the major continental glaciations and the interglacial interval in which we live today. The modern landscape of the earth is, in large part, the result of Earth surface processes that occurred over this time period. The temporal swings between glacial and interglacial climate regimes around the world created an ever-changing physical environment marked by large-scale sea-level change and the expansion, contraction, and evolution of terrestrial environments, for example, the geographic distribution of deserts, the shape and scale of river systems, and the migration of ecological communities on a continental scale. The course will study the myriad approaches to landscape and environmental reconstruction used by Quaternary scientists to understand that period of geologic time most relevant to people on Earth today.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM E&ES
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: E&ES101 OR E&ES115 OR E&ES199 OR E&ES106 OR [E&ES197 or BIOL197]
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on MAR-21-2023
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