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ESCI 251 - Global Geophysics and Tectonics

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
What can physics and simple math tell us about Earth? Geophysicists use an array of techniques to characterize the processes that shape our planet. Understanding these processes gives us insight into the structure of Earth’s interior, mountain building processes, the formation of basins, and geologic hazards. We investigate how to use seismology, variations in Earth’s gravitational field, and heat flow measurements to image the interior of our planet and to investigate the processes and driving mechanisms behind plate tectonics. Laboratory exercises are designed to use the skills required in many Earth Science fields, including the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), data handling, and the development of simple computer models. John Zayac.

Two 75-minute periods; one 4-hour laboratory.

Course Format: CLS

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