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Juliet G Crider
ESS 210
Seattle Campus

Physical Geology

Introduction to the physical and chemical processes of the earth's surface and interior. Plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, glaciation. Optional field trips to Cascades and Olympics. Background in geology not required but science background desirable. Not open for credit to students who have taken ESS 101.

Class description

The Earth, inside and out. This course offers an introduction to the physical and chemical processes of the Earth: the cycles of matter and energy in the whole Earth system; how the diversity of rocks and minerals arises; the driving mechanisms and consequences of plate tectonics; Earth surface processes and landscape development; complexity and interactions in the Earth system, including impacts on and by people. The course is designed for science and engineering majors and others motivated to engage in the material.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Juliet G Crider
Date: 11/09/2011