This course examines the linkages between the evolution of earth and water masses. Students will focus on the physical, chemical, biological and geological aspects of the ocean processes
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.
Introduction and Overview
- Classify the chemical composition and physical properties of Earth.
- Describe the origin of life as related to oceanography.
- Describe modern tools and techniques used in oceanic research.
- Distinguish between continental drift and plate tectonics.
- Identify divergent, convergent, and transform boundary features.
- Explain the chemical and physical properties of seawater.
- Compare methods by which scientists alter seawater.
- Identify the main types of marine pollution.
- Explain how the ocean–atmosphere relationship influences weather and climate.
- Identify the main surface and deep-ocean currents.
- Describe the changes in waves as they approach the shore and break.
- Explain the unique adaptations of marine organisms.
- Compare primary productivity in the polar, tropical, and temperate oceans.
- Assess the effects of overfishing on an ocean environment.
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