This course explores the practical application of elementary geologic principles to everyday environmental problems. It also covers hazardous earth processes, including landslides, volcanoes, and earthquakes, as well as geologic aspects of human-induced problems such as mining, mineral production, subterranean waste disposal, and water and land use.
An introduction to the history of the earth from its origins to the present day. The evolution of the earth’s oceans, ocean basins, atmosphere and life forms are also studied. The study of past life and continental position in geologic time is based on the interpretation of fossils, rocks, continental drift and plate tectonics.
This course is an introductory study of the materials, structures and forces in the earth. Topics include weathering, hydrology, glaciers, earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes; students will also examine the physical and chemical processes that contribute to the earth’s changing form and shape. Both surface and internal processes are covered, with emphasis on the interaction between these processes, including the theory of plate tectonics.