Earth and Planetary Sciences 21 - The Dynamic Earth: Geology and Tectonics Through Time

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Richard J. O'Connell


Sep to Dec 2014 (Fall Term)

Meeting time: 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Fall 2014-2015

Department ID: 

Earth and Planetary Sciences


Students will learn how the Earth works and how critical events in Earth history shaped their surroundings. We will explore what the Earth is made of, why there are continents and oceans, and how plate tectonics provides a unifying model to explain geological observations. Topics covered include the discovery of deep time, the relationship between geology and topography, the geology of our surroundings, plate tectonics, magnetism, chemical differentiation at subduction zones and mid-ocean ridges, mountain building, basin formation, isostasy, heat flow, convection, and feedbacks with the fluid Earth. Ultimately we will use physical processes to explain the patterns of nature. Our treatment will be quantitative with applications to other phenomena, and based on sound physics. Field trips provide opportunities to learn how to read rocks, to see data in the field, and to interpret observations in terms of their possible history and forces acting in and on the Earth.

School name: 

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


University Museum 102 (Haller Hall)

Cross registration: 

Eligible for cross-registration


Half course


Monday, September 1, 2014 (All day)