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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.
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.
Explain the origin of ocean water and its salinity.
Explain the role of the Moon, Sun, and inertia in the development of tides.
Describe surface currents and their circulation patterns.
Examine other planets that may or may not have seasons.
Describe the early evolution of Earth and its atmosphere.
Describe the layers of the Earth and their physical properties.
Examine the economic and environmental impact of mineral extraction worldwide.
Differentiate among types of rocks and minerals.
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.
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