glg150 | undergraduate
Exploration Of The Earth Sciences
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Earthâ s Dynamic Ocean and Atmosphere
- Examine practices that are used to protect waterfront land from erosion.
- Describe the role of convection cells in atmospheric circulation.
- Explain the origin of ocean water and its salinity.
- Describe surface currents and their circulation patterns.
- Explain the role of the Moon, Sun, and inertia in the development of tides.
Earth and the Universe
- Explain the reason for seasons on Earth.
- Examine other planets that may or may not have seasons.
- Describe the early evolution of Earth and its atmosphere.
- Describe the formation and motion of the Sun, Moon, planets, and other bodies in the universe.
Earth and Earth Materials
- 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.
- Examine methods of identifying minerals by physical and chemical properties.
- Describe how fossils can validate scientific findings or current scientific theories.
Sculpturing Earthâ 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 Earthâs surface.
- Explain how Wegenerâs 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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