This course will introduce the key concepts of geology by examining the Earth and the processes that take place within it. Topics will include historical geology, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, igneous activity, mass wasting, weathering and erosion systems.
Describe the effects of climate change on the environment.
Determine the relationship of plate tectonics to the features on the ocean floor.
Explain the dynamics of the ocean.
Analyze the effects of using Earth’s resources.
Examine Earth’s resources.
Surficial Processes; Sculpting the Earth’s Surface
Recognize how glaciers, deserts, and wind play a role in sculpturing the Earth’s surface.
Distinguish among the weathering and mass wasting processes in sculpturing the Earth’s surface.
Analyze the interaction of the hydrologic cycle with earth materials.
Examine the hydrologic cycle.
Earth’s Internal Processes – the Engine Within
Analyze the relationship of plate tectonics to earthquakes, volcanoes, metamorphism, and mountain building.
Describe the theory of plate tectonics.
Describe the earth’s interior.
Introduction to Geology, Earth Materials, and Geologic Time
Recognize the role of fossils to geologic time.
Explain the rock cycle.
Identify minerals and rocks.
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