Exploration Of The Earth Sciences – glg150 (3 credits)
This course focuses on the dynamic forces impacting Earth’s environment. It is a study of the major constructs in geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy collectively called Earth Science. A scientific approach will be used in orienting students to develop an understanding of the interconnectivity of each of these sciences.
Earth's Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere
Explain the origin of ocean water and its salinity.
Explain the role of the Moon, Sun, and inertia in the development of tides.
- Examine practices that are used to protect waterfront land from erosion.
- Describe the role of convection cells in atmospheric circulation.
Describe surface currents and their circulation patterns.
Earth and Earth Materials
Differentiate among types of rocks and minerals.
Describe the layers of the Earth and their physical properties.
Examine the economic and environmental impact of mineral extraction worldwide.
- Examine methods of identifying minerals by physical and chemical properties.
- Describe how fossils can validate scientific findings or current scientific theories.
Earth and the Universe
- Explain the reason for seasons on Earth.
Examine other planets that may or may not have seasons.
- Describe the formation and motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and other bodies in the universe.
Describe the early evolution of Earth and its atmosphere.
Sculpturing Earth's Surfaces
Apply the concept of particle size to types of sediment in order to differentiate between types of soil.
Explain the five important soil-forming factors and their importance in the formation of soil.
- Investigate ways that floods, water shortages, and other associated water processes have affected human history.
- Describe how glaciers form, grow, and shrink throughout time.
- Describe the physical and chemical weathering processes that sculpt Earth’s surface.
Explain how Wegener’s hypothesis of continental drift reemerged as the theory of plate tectonics including the evidence that supports it.
Explain the effects of plate tectonic motion on climate, geography, and distribution of organisms.
Relate earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis to plate movement.
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